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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

Noise is a cause for concern in both, developed and developing countries. In many countries, excessive noise has become the most compensated occupational hazard. The risk of social noise, such as, music and entertainment devices, is increasing globally among young persons.

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