Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
66.7 percent (2015-16) *

71.4 percent  *

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

66.7 percent of adults aged 20 to 69 years used hearing protection devices (i.e., earplugs, noise muffs (earmuffs), ear canal caps, or helmets) when exposed to loud sounds or music in 2015-16  *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Increase the proportion of adults who use hearing protection devices when exposed to loud sounds or music

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


People who are around loud sounds are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Although NIHL is permanent, it’s almost always preventable by wearing hearing protection devices, like earplugs and earmuffs. Teaching people to use hearing protection devices properly can help reduce NIHL.