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Hearing Protection Saves Lives

Hearing protection saves lives. It’s a bold statement, but it’s true. While hearing loss can be tied to a certain mortality rate, hearing protection can prevent hearing loss from happening, or at least from getting worse. As we grow older, hearing loss might happen due to aging, but there are other factors that can lead to hearing loss. For example, people in the military are exposed to extremely loud noises; therefore, the chances of hearing loss are higher. The same goes for any other career that deals with loud equipment or conditions. 

Because our careers might lead us toward hearing loss, it’s important to use hearing protection. That even goes for hobbies like shooting or going to events like concerts. We have to be aware of what damage sound can do. Hearing loss can lead to things like depression and anxiety, which then follow into other health problems. It’s safe to say that hearing protection saves lives.

Here’s how: 

 

Lowering the Volume

According to Starkey, 1 in 6 teens has permanent hearing loss, while also hearing loss has gone up 30% in teens within the last decade. How does this affect you or your kids? Well, lowering the volume on a smartphone while listening to music is a first step; making sure it’s at a comfortable, yet enjoyable volume. This can also be true of the radio and any other speakers used. 

Earplugs

The most common and basic item is the foam earplugs that form into your ear. And we’re not just talking about your typical earplugs that you wear at concerts. There are actually earplugs made specifically for certain events like swimming, shooting, concerts, construction, and even motorsports. You can find ones like these from companies such as Westone. 

 

Moving Away

Moving away from a major sound source could prevent hearing loss. For instance, moving away from an amp or speaker is a great way to protect your hearing. Spending long amounts of time with anything that’s 85 decibels or higher can lead to permanent hearing loss. 

 

Limiting Certain Children’s Toys

This one’s less obvious, but it’s true that certain children’s toys that make noise can actually damage a child’s hearing. Some ways to prevent that is removing the batteries, covering up the speakers, or just testing out the toys before purchasing them. This will ensure that your child’s hearing is protected. 

 

If you suspect that there’s hearing loss for you or a loved one, do not hesitate to call us at 770-740-1860 or visit our website at https://www.entinstitute.com/ where you can take a hearing test. Remember, we believe that hearing protection saves lives. Let Our Family, Take Care of Yours!

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Illustration by Parisha Patel

 

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