The true dental pandemic: Hearing loss and its silent role in affecting our careers and systemic health

The aim of this article is to provide a comprehensive overview of the issue of noise-induced hearing loss in the dental profession, highlighting the essential points that demonstrate why they are at risk while providing solutions to prevent it from occurring. (3 Credits)

Dental professionals are at significant risk of developing permanent hearing damage and systemic health complications due to their profession, yet the majority of practitioners are not even aware that they are at risk. The aim of this article is to provide a comprehensive overview of the issue of noise-induced hearing loss in the dental profession, highlighting the essential points that demonstrate why they are at risk while providing solutions to prevent it from occurring.

Educational objectives

  • Demonstrate how noise-induced hearing loss is jeopardizing your career and overall health
  • Examine how acute or chronic noise exposures can lead to long-term hearing issues
  • Critique current hearing standards and their role in creating a false perception of safety
  • Provide practical solutions to preserve your sense of sound and protect your systemic health

About the Author

Sam S. Shamardi, DMD, earned his dental degree at Tufts University and his periodontal certificate at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Implant Surgery and practices full time while teaching part time at the Harvard Division of Periodontics. Dr. Shamardi lectures nationally and internationally and has published multiple articles. He is a member of the Catapult Education Speakers Bureau, a recognized dental entrepreneur, and the author of the Financial Survival Guide for Dentists.

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Quick Access Code: 22156

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate
  • CE credit(s): 3

    Course Type: Written

    Published Date: November 2023

    This continuing education (CE) activity was developed by Endeavor Business Media with no commercial support.

    This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, from novice to skilled.

    Educational methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.

    Provider disclosure: Endeavor Business Media neither has a leadership position nor a commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in this educational activity. No manufacturer or third party had any input in the development of the course content.

    Requirements for successful completion: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity, you must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation, and obtain an exam score of 70% or higher.

    CE planner disclosure: Laura Winfield, Endeavor Business Media dental group CE coordinator, neither has a leadership nor commercial interest with the products or services discussed in this educational activity. Ms. Winfield can be reached at

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    Scientific integrity statement: Information shared in this CE course is developed from clinical research and represents the most current information available from evidence-based dentistry.

    Known benefits and limitations of the data: The information presented in this educational activity is derived from the data and information contained in the reference section.

    Registration: The cost of this CE course is $39.00 for 3 CE credits.

    Cancellation and refund policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by contacting Endeavor Business Media in writing.

    Provider information:

    Dental Board of California: Provider RP5933. Course registration number CA code: 03-5933-22156. Expires October 2026. “This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.”


    Endeavor Business Media is a nationally approved PACE program provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
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    AGD code: 130


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