STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Millions of Americans Affected by Damaging Noise Levels

The ear does not experience pain the same way the rest of the body does. If your ears feel stuffy or full, you may have potentially harmed them.

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 6:54 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- About 22 million Americans per year are affected by noise loud enough to be hazardous to their health, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you have to raise your voice to speak to someone an arm's length away, the noise levels around you may be loud enough to damage your hearing.

Loud noises don't affect everyone equally. Gender, age, genetics, and health issues can influence a person's susceptibility to the effects of noise.

In addition, the CDC says there are many factors that can affect your chances of hurting your hearing:

- Noise level
- Duration of exposure
- Impulsiveness – noises that are abrupt, like hammering, gunfire, or fireworks, are more dangerous than constant noise of the same overall level.
- Intermittency – periods of relative quiet between exposures allow the ear to “rest” and reduce the risk

The ear does not experience pain the same way the rest of the body does. If your ears feel stuffy or full, you may have potentially harmed them. Ringing or roaring in your ears indicates a serious noise exposure. If continued, it could lead to permanent hearing loss or damage.

To protect yourself, invest in hearing protection devices like noise-cancelling headphones or ear plugs. There are also apps you can download on your smartphone to monitor decibel levels. Any number higher than 85 can be harmful.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 12170

Reported Deaths: 234
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah288872
Marion185953
Washington184721
Umatilla10137
Clackamas98727
Malheur3732
Union3692
Lincoln3615
Lane3053
Deschutes2680
Yamhill1989
Linn18110
Jackson1790
Polk17712
Jefferson1680
Morrow1451
Klamath1371
Wasco1171
Benton1146
Hood River1050
Douglas640
Josephine571
Clatsop550
Coos530
Columbia480
Lake240
Crook181
Tillamook160
Wallowa140
Baker120
Curry90
Sherman50
Harney20
Gilliam10
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 324543

Reported Deaths: 7051
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1335493809
Riverside24765537
Orange24715423
San Diego19371422
San Bernardino19043306
Fresno828288
Imperial7827135
Alameda7731148
Kern650297
Santa Clara6298166
San Joaquin627968
Tulare5678152
Sacramento548983
Stanislaus473251
Contra Costa466190
San Francisco452250
Ventura424653
San Mateo3949112
Santa Barbara393131
Marin343430
Kings291839
Monterey268218
Solano207528
Merced188412
Sonoma170316
Placer107711
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8938
Yolo88428
Santa Cruz5693
Napa4774
Sutter3884
San Benito3622
Butte3384
Lassen3370
El Dorado3070
Shasta1956
Yuba1923
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Colusa1130
Mendocino1130
Lake1081
Tehama1071
Tuolumne730
Calaveras670
Del Norte600
Mono511
Siskiyou410
Amador400
Inyo351
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 61°
Brookings
Few Clouds
52° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 52°
Crater Lake
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 51°
Grants Pass
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 57°
Klamath Falls
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 51°
Sunny & seasonal Monday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events