The Place for Better Hearing joins Noisy Planet this October to raise awareness about noise induced hearing loss. October is National Protect Your Hearing Month. The leaves are falling and soon leaf blowers and mowers will be gathering and mulching leaves. Protect your ears from Noise-Induced-Hearing-Loss using the following simple steps:
- Wear hearing protectors, such as earplugs or earmuffs: Have earplugs or earmuffs on hand so that you can USE THEM if you can’t leave a noisy location or a noisy piece of equipment. Both earplugs and earmuffs can be inexpensive and travel-friendly.
- Move away from the noise: If possible, put distance between you and the source of the noise to reduce the potential impact on your hearing.
- Lower the volume: Set devices such as an iPOD, MP3 player, or radio to a volume that still allows you to hear what is going on around you. Check the settings on your cell phone or audio device; most have volume limit controls.
After you finish mowing, using a leaf blower, chain saw, or using some other noisy equipment, if you notice a “ringing” in your ears, you may have damaged your hearing. Ringing and buzzing in the ears is called tinnitus; it is a symptom of over exposure to loud sounds and often indicates the presence of hearing loss.
Noise-Induced-Hearing-Loss is the only cause of hearing loss that can be prevented. Once the ears are damaged by loud noise exposure, the damage cannot be reversed. Learn more about how to protect your hearing at the Noisy Planet website (www.NoisyPlanet.nidcd.nih.gov). There you can find resources, including tip sheets, bookmarks, and an interactive sound ruler, to help you spread the word about how to develop healthy hearing habits.