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Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss; Here’s How

Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Often, its effects are underestimated because the damage takes place so gradually.

The risk of hearing loss depends on both the intensity and the duration of the exposure to the loud noise or music.

Noise/music induced hearing loss is preventable.

In fact, the average non-noise-exposed person can enjoy essentially normal hearing up to the age of 60.

Warning Signs of Noise/Music-Induced Hearing Loss

  • You can’t hear someone talking at 3 feet away.
  • Your ears feel “full” after leaving a noisy area.
  • Your ears ring or buzz after exposure to noise/music.
  • You have difficulty understanding speech after exposure to noise/music.

4 Ways to Prevent Hearing Loss

  1. Know which sounds can cause damage (anything above 85 decibels).
  2. If possible, reduce noise at its source.
  3. When using personal listening devices, use earphones or headphones that block out background noise
  4. Wear hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs, as needed.

Check out the Noise Thermometer below to see what sounds are damaging…

noise thermometer

About Carla Forestieri

Carla has been an audiologist since 1985 and has worked with WakeMed since 1997. She enjoys both the rewards and the challenging aspects of working with hearing impaired children and adults. Learn more about the audiology services offered at WakeMed for children and adults.