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Hearing loss can happen at any age -- but it can be prevented. Test your smarts about how to save your hearing.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How can someone prevent hearing damage?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Limiting exposure to loud noises and lessening noise whenever possible can help prevent hearing loss. Prevent hearing damage by avoiding sports that involve abrupt change in air pressure like scuba diving and flying, or blows to the head like boxing.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable. Prevent hearing loss by wearing ear protection, like ear plugs or noise-blocking earmuffs. Avoid prolonged exposure to loud environments like rock concerts.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a first sign of noise-induced hearing loss?

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The correct answer is: One of the first signs of hearing loss is the inability to hear high-pitched sounds such as birds singing. Other symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss may be distorted sound or muffled sound.

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True or false: There is no cure for noise-induced hearing loss.

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The correct answer is: This is true. There is no cure for noise-induced hearing loss. Once the damage is done there is no way to reverse it.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a treatment for noise-induced hearing loss?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. But remember, these are coping methods for hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What volume of sound can cause hearing loss?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Continual exposure to any sound above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. The louder the noise, the less time it takes to cause permanent damage. Exposure to sounds over 140 decibels causes immediate damage.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Age-related hearing loss may be due to wax build-up.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As we age, ear wax becomes thicker and drier. Too much ear wax in the ear canal acts to block the sound waves from reaching the ear drum.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Cotton swabs cannot cause permanent hearing damage.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Permanent damage can be done by an ordinary cotton tipped swab if it is inserted too deep into the ear canal. Doctors have seen scratched ear canals, torn ear drums and damaged ossicles caused by cotton swabs.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these may cause hearing loss?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Air bags make a noise of 170 decibels when deployed, and some people have become partially or totally deaf after an air bag-deployed crash. Ear infections, as well as some medications such as high doses of aspirin, can also cause hearing loss.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What percentage of people over 60 have hearing loss?

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The correct answer is: About 30 percent of people over the age of 60 have hearing loss. It is the third most common chronic problem affecting the aging population.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these drugs has hearing loss reported as a possible side-effect?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The FDA has received reports of hearing loss linked to all three of these drugs, and has added a warning label to all of them.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss.

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The correct answer is: This is true. 10 million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise. Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Noise-induced hearing loss is always permanent.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Some noise-induced hearing loss is temporary but prolonged exposure to noise damages delicate cells in the inner ear and nothing can be done to repair them.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these occupations is particularly at risk for hearing loss?

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The correct answer is: All of these occupations have a higher risk of hearing loss due to noise exposure. Also at risk are police officers, factory workers, farmers and military personnel.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: In children, ear infections are the leading cause of hearing loss.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Infections can cause fluid or pus to build up inside the middle ear, halting the transmission of sound.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What percentage of American adults report some degree of hearing loss?

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The correct answer is: Today about 17 percent of American adults report some degree of hearing loss. Older adults have hearing loss due to degeneration of nerves in the ear. Young and middle age adults can have hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises or vibrations.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Conductive hearing loss is curable.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Conductive hearing loss occurs when the passage of sound through the external and middle ear is impeded. Conductive hearing loss can usually be reversed by treating the cause.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: In sensorineural hearing loss, sound reaches the inner ear, but a problem in the inner ear, auditory nerve or brain prevents proper hearing.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Damage to the cochlear hair cells due to aging or repeated noise exposure is the most common cause of this type of hearing loss. Conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or a tumor can sometimes cause nerve damage and sensorineural hearing loss.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a cause of sudden hearing loss?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Other possible causes of sudden hearing loss are Meniere's disease, an autoimmune disease or a tumor.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women experience more hearing loss than men.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Men experience more hearing loss than women due to occupational differences rather than a physical difference. More men are in occupations that give them a higher lifetime exposure to loud noises.

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