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You probably never in a million years would’ve thought that noise and infertility could run hand-in-hand. But, according to a new study, there is most definitely a correlation between the two.

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According to a study in the journal Environmental Pollution, researchers analyzed medical data from more than 206,000 men of reproductive age in South Korea. It was discovered that guys who were exposed to more noise were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with infertility. The numbers were much lower for those in quieter situations.

Even after scientists made adjustments to ensure some of the results weren’t skewed, the link remained. But, because the study took place over a period of time, it’s hard to directly connect the infertility with loud noise. Some would assume that the aging process is the contributor to the infertility and rightfully so.

While more research needs to be done to provide definitive proof as to whether noise can actually damage your sperm, we’ll just go ahead and have a set of earplugs on hand, just in case.

(h/t Men’s Health)

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