Noise-induced hearing loss is a common cause of hearing loss in the U.S. The good news? It is easily preventable. Follow these tips to protect your hearing:
- Wear hearing protection when exposed to loud noise. Earplugs, earmuffs, or custom hearing protection are a must in noisy environments such as hunting, rock concerts, and sporting events. They should also be worn when riding a motorcycle or snowmobile, mowing the lawn, using power tools, etc. Check for the noise reduction rating (NRR) when looking for hearing protection. The higher the number, the more protection it will provide. If your job exposes you to loud noise, your employer is required by OSHA to supply hearing protection.
- When listening to music or watching television, keep the volume low. Noise reduction headphones are also a good option when listening to music with headphones.
- Limit the number of noisy appliances running at the same time.
- Buy quieter products. Many appliances list the decibel (dB) ratings in their specifications.
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