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World Hearing Day Thunderclap set for Saturday

Craig Press staff report

Protective headphones can help prevent hearing loss.

Once hearing is gone, it cannot be gotten back. This World Hearing Day, learn how to prevent hearing loss.

In the United States, 48 million people have trouble hearing out of one or both, ears. Over time, exposure to too much loud noise cause hearing loss.

Every year, on March 3, the World Health Organization sponsors World Hearing Day, a time to raise awareness about preventing hearing loss and promoting hearing care worldwide. This year's theme, "Hear the Future," focuses on strategies to mitigate the expected increase in the number of people living with hearing loss.

The National Center for Environmental Health is using the day to educate young people about noise-induced hearing loss in an effort to help prevent it.

"We know that young people may not be aware of the risk of spending too much time around loud noises, so this World Hearing Day, we ask that you join us in our efforts to spread the word," according to the organization.

Consequently, NCEH is organizing a Thunderclap — a platform that allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of social networks.

For more information and resources about noise-induced hearing loss, visit cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/default.html.