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10 tips to protect your hearing during National Protect Your Hearing Month

In Hearing Loss by Live Better Hearing

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the only preventable cause of hearing loss. When exposed to loud sounds, it may feel like you are adjusting to them over time, but your ears and brain, unfortunately, will not. But you can protect your hearing from loud noises.

However, once you lose your hearing from exposure to loud sounds, it will not recover (though it can usually be treated). Noise-induced hearing loss is typically gradual — by the time you notice it, it is often too late to prevent damage.

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month, so we’d like to share 10 great tips below to help you start protecting your hearing now!

10 hearing protection tips

  1. Avoid loud or noisy activities and places, when possible.
  2. If you can’t avoid them, use hearing protection. Foam earplugs are an economical solution, but custom-fit hearing protection products are even better at reducing sound levels. 
  3. Limit your time exposed to noises above 85 dB.
  4. Turn down the volume on the TV, radio, or when listening to headphones.
  5. When listening to loud sounds (like music, concerts, fitness classes, etc.), take breaks from the noise.
  6. Move away from the loudest sound source (e.g., speakers, fireworks, sirens).
  7. Give your ears time to recover after being exposed to loud noises.
  8. Do not put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear! This includes cotton swabs, bobby pins, keys, paperclips, or anything else you might use to clean or scratch your ears.
  9. Keep moving! Exercise keeps the blood pumping throughout the body, including the ears. This keeps the internal parts of the ears healthy.
  10. Get your hearing tested, especially if you experience a change in your hearing, or ringing or fullness in your ears for over 24 hours.

Find out what noises you may be missing! Call us at (888) 432-7505 to schedule an appointment today for a hearing consultation and learn how to protect your hearing with our custom hearing protection solutions.