Reduce Your Chances for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

March 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) occurs when tiny sensory hair cells in the inner ear are damaged by noises that are too loud and last too long.

Listening to loud music through headphones for even a few minutes puts you at an increased risk for hearing loss.

Turn Down the Sound   

Your ears can be your warning system for potentially dangerous noises around you. The noise is too loud when:

  • You have to raise your voice to be understood by someone standing nearby.
  • The noise hurts your ears.
  • You develop a buzzing or ringing sound in your ears, even temporarily.
  • You don’t hear as well as you normally do until several hours after you get away from the noise.

If you are around noises at this level, take protective action. To avoid noise-induced hearing loss, remember to:

  • Block the noise (wear earplugs or earmuffs).
  • Avoid the noise (walk away).
  • Turn down the sound.

Source: USA.gov

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