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Prevention Is the Best Cure: How to Protect Your Hearing

Our sense of hearing is one of the most valuable gifts we possess. The melodious sounds of nature, the comforting tones of a loved one's voice, the vibrant rhythms of our favorite music—all of these create an auditory tapestry that enriches our lives. However, like any gift, our hearing is delicate and must be safeguarded. As this month is National Protect Your Hearing Month, it's the perfect time to reflect on the steps we can take to preserve this invaluable sense.

1. Understand the Risks

Every day, we're surrounded by noises that can potentially harm our hearing. From the blare of traffic horns to the hum of machinery, many urban environments are a cacophony of potentially harmful sounds. Long-term exposure to noises above 85 decibels (equivalent to heavy city traffic) can lead to permanent hearing damage.

2. Use Ear Protection

If you work in a noisy environment or frequently attend loud events (like concerts or sports games), it's vital to use ear protection. Earmuffs and earplugs are easily accessible and can significantly reduce the risk of hearing damage.

3. Limit the Volume

Listening to music, podcasts, or videos with headphones or earbuds is a daily routine for many. While it's tempting to crank up the volume, especially in noisy environments, doing so can damage your hearing over time. Aim to keep the volume under 60% and take regular breaks to give your ears a rest.

4. Be Mindful of Medications

Some medications, known as ototoxic drugs, can harm the inner ear. If you're on medication, always consult with your health care provider about potential side effects related to hearing.

5. Avoid Inserting Objects Into Your Ears

Cotton swabs might seem harmless, but they can push earwax further into the ear canal or even puncture the eardrum. Instead, clean your ears gently with a washcloth, or wipe them out after a shower.

6. Get Regular Checkups

Early detection can make all the difference when it comes to hearing issues. Regular hearing assessments can help you understand the health of your ears and take preventive measures if needed.

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The saying goes, "Prevention is better than cure," and when it comes to our hearing, this adage holds true. By understanding the risks and taking proactive steps, we can ensure that our hearing remains clear and sharp throughout our lives.

As part of National Protect Your Hearing Month, we encourage you to prioritize your auditory health. If you've never had your hearing checked or if it's been a while since your last assessment, now is the time to act. Visit your local Beltone office for a free hearing assessment. After all, our hearing is a treasure; let's make sure we protect it.

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