HEARING DAMAGE: WHAT IS IT?
WHAT IS HEARING DAMAGE?
* Exposure to loud sound such as amplified music can cause hearing
* Hearing damage can take the form of temporary or permanent ringing in
your ears (tinnitus) as well as short- and long-term loss of your ability
to hear clearly (noise induced hearing loss- NIHL).
* A study in Great Britain found that 62% of regular clubbers have
* The risk of damaging your hearing depends on (1) how loud the music is;
(2) how close you are to the speakers; (3) how long you're on the dance
floor; (4) how long and how loud you listen to your IPODS. (5) previous hearing damage;
(6) your condition at the time (alcohol & dehydration make things worse.
(7) You also may be at risk if you have a family history of hearing loss.
WARNING SIGNS OF HEARING DAMAGE?
* Ringing in your ears; sensitivity to loud noises.
* Difficulty hearing others when there is background noise.
* People sounding like they’re mumbling or talking too quickly; you have
to ask them to repeat themselves.
* Needing to turn the volume on the TV or IPOD higher than other people
* Hearing the telephone better with one ear than the other.If you have any of these symptoms, get your hearing checked by a hearing
health professional. To prevent further damage WEAR EAR PLUGS!
* Monitor your IPOD use by how long and how loud you listen to it
* Sound levels in dance clubs can be as high as 115 decibels, which
can cause damage in seconds.
* Stay at least 10 feet away from the speakers--dancing directly in front
of speakers is very risky.
* Request that sound levels be turned down if too loud.
* Use ear plugs --rolled up tissue paper provides NO protection.
* Don’t talk on a loud dance floor--you can damage someone's hearing by
shouting in their ear.
* Take a 10 to 30 minute break in an area where it’s quieter.
* Alcohol and drugs lower your sensitivity to pain and increase the risk
of hearing damage. Being tired, dehydrated and overheated also increases
risk--drink plenty of water and chill out! Remember, alcohol dries you out.
* If you dance a lot or work in a club, consider custom
earplugs. They protect hearing without distorting sound (see www.hearnet.com
for hearing help).
HOW TO USE FOAM EARPLUGS
1. With clean hands, roll the earplug until it’s as thin as possible.
2. Quickly insert the tapered end completely into your ear canal.
3. Hold it in place for 30 seconds until it fully expands.
4. Release, then gently push it in one more time to ensure a
good fit. The end should be even with the opening of your ear canal.
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