Did You Know?
It’s not just your parent or your grandparent whose hearing may be slipping. A 25-year-old can have the ears of a 50-year-old and not even know it.
Nothing can restore lost hearing. Once it’s gone, it’s gone!
But hearing loss caused by noise is preventable and you can choose to prevent it.
Noise-induced hearing loss may happen slowly over time. Being exposed to everyday noises, such as listening to very loud music, being in a noisy work environment, or using a lawn mower, can lead to hearing loss over many years.
If you’re exposed to loud noise you may already be losing your hearing.
Approximately 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job.
When you cannot control the source of the noise, Protective ear buds or earmuffs with adequate Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) can protect your ears by blocking out noise up to 30%.
Sound Advice: Protect Your Ears From Damaging Noise
Exposure to Noise above 85 db can cause permanent hearing loss. Even recreational activities can put you at risk including target shooting and hunting, snowmobile riding, listening to MP3 players at high volume, attending loud concerts. Harmful noises at home may come from sources including lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and woodworking tools.
How Long Is Too Long?
The bar below shows how long it takes for a particular sound level to become dangerous to the human ear. For example, a chain saw has a sound intensity of about 109 db. Without proper hearing protection, running a chain saw for only 15 minutes can cause hearing loss!
It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing.
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