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When to wear ear plugs

Decibels are units used to measure sound. On the decibel scale, an increase of 10 means that a sound is 10 times more intense. This means that a small increase in decibels can have a significant impact on our ears. A normal conversation is about 60 decibels. Long and or repeated exposure to sounds above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss.

The higher the decibel level, the shorter the time it takes for hearing loss to occur. It is recommended that for those sounds above 85 decibels, ear plugs should be worn. This will significantly reduce hearing loss from damaging levels sound.

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Five simple steps for better hearing

Did you know small changes can go a long way in maintaining better hearing? Here are five simple tips to keep your hearing in tip-top shape.

1. Protect yourself by wearing earplugs or earmuffs when engaging in loud activities, such as concerts, operating machinery, etc.

2. Turn down the volume when watching TV, listening to the radio or wearing headphones. If the person next to you can hear music coming from your headphones, they’re too loud for your ears.

3. Give your ears a break. If you work in a noisy setting, make sure you take time each day to find a quiet place. It’s not always the volume that damages hearing – it can be the duration of exposure, too.

4. Avoid cotton swabs or like objects. Sticking these small items into your ears can cause wax to build up in the ear canal and actually block sound. Not to mention, you run the risk of accidentally injuring your ear drum by going too deep into the canal.

5. Get your hearing checked. An annual check-up can help identify hearing loss early so you can take steps to protect yourself against further loss.

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Preventing hearing loss is easier than you think

Although some forms of hearing loss are completely inevitable as you age, many options are available to prevent unnecessary hearing loss. While you’re at your day job or listening to music at the gym, it’s important to be aware of both the signs of hearing loss and the measures you can take to prevent it. They include:

1. People enjoy performing activities around their home to keep the house looking pristine. It’s important to maintain your home, and activities such as leaf blowing, lawn mowing, and general woodwork are necessary for keeping it up-to-date. Unfortunately, these activities can cause an immense amount of hearing loss. It is important to wear earplugs whenever you are performing these activities.

2. Listening to music is a common daily pastime. From work to the gym, people often listen to music through their headphones to help pass the time. Unfortunately, most Americans listen to their headphones much more loudly than they should. If you can, use noise-cancelling or noise-reduction headphones so you can lower the volume. They’re worth the cost.

3. Some medicines can produce toxins that are damaging to your hearing. Be sure to ask your medical provider if your prescriptions have the possibility of being ototoxic.

4. As you get older, your likelihood of having hearing loss increases. If you are over the age of 55, you may want to schedule an annual hearing test.

According to the National Institutes of Health, one-third of people in the U.S. between the ages of 65 and 75 and close to one-half of those older than 75 have some degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately, it is impossible to reverse hearing loss, but you can take the necessary measures to prevent it.

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