What have you been doing to celebrate National Protect Your Hearing Month? According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) nearly 24% of U.S. adults show signs of hearing loss from loud noise. Noise induced hearing loss is completely preventable and all it takes is being mindful of what noises you are going to be around.
- If you are listening to music with your ear phones or your brand-new speaker system it’s important to remember to watch the volume levels. As fun as it may be to shake the walls of the house with your music, loud music can easily cause permanent damage to your hearing.
- Wear ear plugs. If your place of work has regular loud sounds or you’re headed to a concert, it’s important to bring ear plugs to protect your hearing. You can find them for cheap at any drug store.
- Put some distance between you and the sound. If you have the choice make sure to not be standing right next to the source of the noise. Being right next to a speaker or someone else’s heavy machinery is easily solvable just by walking away.
Stay proactive about your hearing protection to make sure you are listening at your best. You can find more on National Protect Your Hearing Month from the NIDCD here: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/news/2019/its-too-loud-protect-your-hearing