A study of more than 5,000 people in the United States aged 20 to 69 found that males were three times as likely to have noise-related hearing loss as women. The shocking research was recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in San Diego, California.
"Occupational and recreational noise exposure, as well as service in the armed forces, were likely explanations for why men are at greater risk," said the report. My question is, why is gender mentioned at all? This study only proved that being around loud shit makes you lose your hearing and I already knew that.
Dr. Douglas Mattox, professor of otolaryngology at Emory University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study, agreed. "People who regularly use leaf-blowers, lawnmowers and other noisy machinery are at increased risk of noise-induced hearing loss," he said. Activities such as hunting and motorcycle-riding, which men typically do more than women, also create high levels of noise that may impair hearing. If you are concerned about losing your hearing while performing a noisy activity, stop or wear earplugs, experts say. Wow! Stop the presses, if there are any left these days.
Are women really not doing enough noisy things? Aren't hair dryers and shouting arguments pretty loud? Only kidding ladies, but seriously, let's get on the losing your hearing bandwagon here. Of course we talk about women's equality in the workplace a lot, but the bottom line is men generally don't live as long as women and go deaf earlier, what more could women want?