Our world is growing increasingly noisier by the minute. It is no wonder that hearing loss is on the rise, and affects as much as 48 million Americans.
Any noise that rises above 80 decibels is considered unsafe for human hearing. Yet, most of the noises we encounter in our daily life is in excess to that threshold. As a result, hearing loss cases occur to younger and younger people each year.
Hearing loss puts people at risk of not only imminent danger but also of other health concerns such as hypertension, heart disease, dementia, and diabetes. Those with hearing loss report higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression, which means that damaged hearing takes its toll on mental health as well.
You can avoid the woes of hearing loss by engaging in auditory protection today. You can start by making simple changes in your daily practices and you will find that these small changes go a long way in preserving your hearing.
Start off by turning down the volume. Be it the volume on your smart phone, radio, or television; always remember that less is more! The lower the volume is, the higher your chances of avoiding hearing loss.
Buy electronic appliances that generate lower levels of noise, be it vacuum cleaners, blenders, or hair dryers. Make sure you position yourself at a safe distance from the loud speakers when exposing yourself to noisy environments such as rock concerts or sporting events.
Protect your ears from hearing damage by purchasing a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and wearing earplugs before exposing yourself to noisy environments.
These simple recommendations can be extremely effective in averting hearing loss. As they say, prevention is always better than the cure. This is especially true in the case of hearing loss, since hearing damage HAS no cure!
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