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Preventing Hearing LossEverything you need to know to protect yourself from hearing loss.
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There are a number of things that cause hearing loss that, unfortunately, cannot be prevented. Yet, when it comes to hearing loss caused by noise, prevention is possible! Learn more…
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. What Is It?
At least 40 million Americans suffer from noise-induced hearing loss. This preventable condition is caused from consistent exposure to loud noises over time or from a quick exposure to an extremely loud high-impact noise such as a gunshot.
While this can be a debilitating condition, the good news is it can be prevented.
How to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Unlike other forms of hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. By taking these three steps, you can help ensure that you will not suffer from NIHL:
- Understand when sounds are too loud, which is anything over 85 decibels.
- Avoid these loud sounds, or if unavoidable, limit the amount of time you are exposed to them.
- If you cannot avoid loud sounds, wear hearing protection or move away from the sounds.
While these are the main steps to take towards prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, you can also follow these tips to further reduce your risk:
- Always use hearing protection of some sort if you are going to be around loud noises.
- Avoid as many noisy places as possible.
- Keep the sound on your tv or music low.
- If you are around loud sounds, step away for a bit and take a break.
- Keep away from the source of the loud sound, such as speakers and amplifiers.
- If you have been around loud sounds, take time to allow recovery for your ears.
- Don’t put anything small into your ear, including q-tips. Putting things in your ears can easily damage them.
- Exercise to get the blood pumping in your ears.
- Make sure and have your hearing tested on occasion.
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