Protect Your Ears This Summer and Year Round!

The National Center for Environmental Health at CDC encourages you to show to protect your hearing
while participating in noisy activities this summer.

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Below are some suggestions of noisy activities:

  • Watching summer fireworks on the 4th of July
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Using a gas lawn edger to manicure the lawn
  • Using power tools for that summer project
  • Watching a baseball game and cheering on your favorite team
  • Attending a summer concert
  • Exercise class
  • Watching a stock car race
  • Jet skiing or motor boating
  • Going to the movies

Everyday sounds typically do not damage your hearing. However, many people participate
in activities that produce harmful sound levels, such as attending loud sporting events and
music concerts and using power tools. Such activities, when repeated over time, will cause
hearing loss.

Loud noise can damage sensitive parts of the ear, causing ringing or buzzing in the ear
(tinnitus), increased sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis), and hearing loss. Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years affects how well you hear later in life and how quickly you develop hearing problems, even after exposure has stopped.

Avoiding noisy situations is the best prevention. But if you can’t avoid the noise, use
adequate hearing protection. You can protect your hearing and still do the things you enjoy.
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Recommendations to Help Prevent Hearing Loss from Loud Noise:

At Home

  • Turn down the volume of the TV, radio, or music.
  • If listening to loud music, take listening breaks to reduce your exposure.
  • Use quieter products (power tools, toys, recreational vehicles) whenever they are available.
  • Use hearing protection devices (such as earplugs, earmuffs, and noise-cancelling headphones) when you cannot avoid loud sounds.
  • Make hearing protection convenient. Stash earplugs in your car, backpack, or purse for easy access.
  • Keep children away from loud music or equipment at home.

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At Public Events

  • Move or stay far away from the loudest sound-producing source—such as loudspeakers—especially if attending with children.
  • Limit the time of exposure to loud sounds.
  • Pay attention to signs and information flyers warning of possible loud noise or recommending the use of hearing protection.
  • Bring hearing protection devices with you. Keep them in your car, pockets, or another place that is easy to access.

If you have exposed to a lot of noise, or if you think you might have a hearing loss, call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ today at 772-286-4327 and schedule your FREE comprehensive hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist.

 

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