Practical ideas to conserve hearing
- Avoid exposure to loud noise. How loud is too loud?
Rule of thumb: If you have to shout to be heard 3 feet away by a person with normal hearing, regular exposure to this noise could be damaging to your hearing.
- Pay attention to warning signs of noise-induced hearing loss: ringing or buzzing in the ears, muffling of sounds, difficulty understanding speech
- Protect your hearing by:
- Avoiding loud recreational activities (loud music, concerts, mowers, etc.)
- Using ear protection if participating in loud activities.
- Avoiding one-time loud noise exposure.
- Limiting the volume output of your personal listening devices. Consider using KIDZSAFE EARBUDS.
- Limiting the amount of time using personal listening devices (iPod, etc.).
- Setting your device to a comfortable listening level and don't use it to "block out" noise.
Rule of thumb: If you can't hear other people talking when you're wearing headphones/earphones or if others have to shout to be heard from 3 feet away, the sound is too loud and could damage your hearing.
- Continued exposure to noise above 85dBA will eventually harm your hearing. Examples of dangerously loud noise are:
- Firecrackers (125-155dBA)
- Gunshots (150-167dBA)
- Live concerts (120dBA)
- Movies (up to 118dBA)
- Some children's toys (135-150dBA)
- Motorcycles (95-120dBA)
- Sporting events (up to 127dBA)
Be aware that loud recreational activities pose a risk to hearing. When possible, turn down the volume, limit exposure time to noisy activities and wear adequate hearing protection.