Most Americans Have Grown More Sensitive to Noise Since Pandemic Began

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Can you hear me now? It may be time to get your ears checked. More than half of Americans say they’ve become more sensitive to noise since the pandemic started.

The survey of 2,003 U.S. polled respondents about their hearing health ahead of World Hearing Day on March 3rd. Results show that more than four in 10 have become more sensitive to loud music (43%) and loud conversations (42%) since the pandemic began in early 2020.

Those distractions can also be painful. More than half (52%) say loud noises give them headaches, with the average respondent experiencing six a week. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Loop Earplugs, the survey also shows that although 30 percent enjoy listening to music while working, 54 percent reveal they’re often incompatible with the sound preferences of other household members.

That’s likely why 31 percent of respondents would love to turn the volume down when someone in their household is listening to something that is distracting them.

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SOURCE: Study Finds