Hearing Loss Prevention
One of the most common causes of hearing loss is noise exposure, which can easily be controlled.
Turn Down the Volume on MP3 Players and Headsets
The next time you go for a run or take your MP3 player on an airplane, avoid turning up the volume all the way. MP3 players are becoming a bigger concern in hearing health because most users cannot resist the urge to crank up the volume. If you use your headset regularly, consider one that includes ambient sound-reduction features.
Use Ear Protection in Loud Environments
Even short exposure to sounds over 85 decibels can make an impact on your hearing. While wearing ear protection may seem like a nuisance, neglecting your hearing health can lead to permanent hearing loss. If you are exposed to loud noises on a daily basis, you may want to consider hearing ear protection.
Sounds in Your Daily Environment
Sounds over 85 decibels can cause hearing loss that is gradual but can be significant over time. If you work or play in loud environments, a custom ear mold may be the best investment in saving your hearing.
Annual Hearing Exam
A hearing test and ear examination should be part of your regular medical checkup. The sooner a hearing loss is discovered, the sooner you can take steps to prevent further damage.