Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Some sounds can permanently damage hearing in an instant. Over ten million people in the United States have irreversible hearing loss from noise. Even when noise damage is gradual, exposure can seriously risk hearing.
Common warning signs of hazardous noise include:
- Not being able to hear someone three feet away
- Pain in the ears after leaving a noisy area
- Hearing ringing or buzzing after noise exposure
- Difficulty understanding speech after exposure to noise
How can you help protect your hearing?
- Universal hearing protection, like foam or silicone plugs.
- Custom hearing protection, available through Live Better Hearing.
- Turn down the volume of your television, radio, stereos, and personal mp3 players. Limit the length of time you listen to devices at higher volumes.
- Custom ear molds or headphones when listening to audio.
- 15 minutes in a quiet environment after exposure to noise can help the ears to recover.
- Wear ear plugs when using loud equipment like lawn mowers.
- Purchase quieter products—compare dB ratings (the smaller the number, the safer the noise level).
- Reduce the amount of noisy appliances running at the same time.
- Avoid medications that can be hazardous to hearing. Make sure you consult your physician about side effects of your medication on your hearing health.
Be aware of dangerous noise levels! The louder the sound, the faster it can cause hearing loss. A third of hearing loss is preventable with proper precautions! Contact us if you have any questions and would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our caring hearing specialists.