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10 facts on deafness

Two young Asian women trying to fix an iron sheet in a workshop. One of the women is holding the sheet and the other is hammering it. They are wearing ear protectors to protect their ears from noise, which is produced while hammering.
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Noise is a major avoidable cause of hearing loss

Occupational noise-induced hearing loss has become the most compensated occupational hazard. The risk of recreational noise, such as that from music and other entertainment sources, is increasing globally among young people. It is estimated that 1.1 billion people are at risk of developing hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices.

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