Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
97.8 per 1,000 adults (2015-16) *

79.0 per 1,000 *

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

97.8 per 1,000 adults aged 20 to 69 years had hearing thresholds in both ears signifying noise-induced hearing loss in 2015-16  *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Reduce the proportion of adults who have hearing loss due to noise exposure

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


People who are around loud sounds are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Loud noises are common in many industries, and NIHL is the second most commonly reported workplace injury. Enforcing stricter noise regulations and requiring employees to use hearing protection devices, like earplugs and earmuffs, can help reduce NIHL.