SMART WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR RISK of NOISE INDUCED HEARING LOSS
- Be aware of and avoid harmful noise. You can be exposed to harmful noise at work, at home, and in many other settings. Commonly used tools such as power lawn mowers and snow blowers can cause hearing loss, as can riding motorcycles and snowmobiles. Know what kinds of situations can generate harmful noise levels, and avoid these situations whenever possible.
- Use hearing protection. If you know you are going to be exposed to harmful noise, wear hearing protectors, such as earplugs or earmuffs. (Cotton balls or tissues stuffed in your ears donít offer much protection.) When used correctly, hearing protection can significantly reduce the level of sound that reaches the ear. Lawn mowers, power tools, and some basic household appliances can damage your hearing if you donít wear hearing protectors. Learn more about hearing protection.
- Minimize your total daily exposure to noise. Noise exposure and the damage it can cause build up over time. The potential for damage to your hearing increases with the total amount of time you spend exposed to noise. If your job exposes you to high noise levels on a regular basis, use hearing protection and try to avoid noisy situations in your leisure time.
- Control the volume when you can. Don't buy noisy toys, appliances, or tools when there are quieter alternatives. Reduce the noise in your life by turning down the volume on the stereo, television, or car radio.
- Do not wait until you notice hearing loss to start protecting yourself from harmful noise. Once noise-related damage to the ear is done, it canít be reversed. However, if you already have some noise-related hearing loss, it is not too late to prevent further damage and preserve the hearing that you still have.
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