Concerts, parties, lawn mowers, and even just the sound of being out by a busy street—all that noise can really add up. For many of us, this noise is a fleeting pain to the ear drums, but it can be so much more than that. Noise-induced hearing loss is incredibly common. Fortunately, it’s also preventable in most cases. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has some great steps you can take to stay safe:
- Know which noises can cause damage (those at or above 85 dBA).
- Wear earplugs or other protective devices when involved in a loud activity (activity-specific earplugs and earmuffs are available at hardware and sporting goods stores).
- If you can’t reduce the noise or protect yourself from it, move away from it.
- Be alert to hazardous noises in the environment.
- Protect the ears of children who are too young to protect their own.
- Make family, friends, and colleagues aware of the hazards of noise.
- Have your hearing tested if you think you might have hearing loss.
You can read more here: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/noise-induced-hearing-loss
The key to protecting yourself from loud noises is being proactive. Pay attention to the sounds you may be hearing and ask yourself “Is this maybe just a little too loud?” Taking action is the best way to make sure your hearing stays healthy as long as possible.
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