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A couple sitting and reading a book

Protect Your Hearing at Home

As with other aspects of your health, protecting your hearing from noise-induced hearing loss is imperative. You may have safety protocols implemented in your work environment that protect your eardrums from being damaged. At home, however, it may be an afterthought because you’re not aware of how damaging things such as your television, hair dryer, radio and vacuum cleaner can be to your hearing.

By learning more about the potential threats that are prevalent in your house or apartment, you can take the steps necessary to muffle the sounds and prevent long-term hearing loss from occurring.

Turn It Down a Notch

Although most electronics manufacturers encourage you to turn it up so you’re able to enjoy the movie-theater-quality sound, it’s best if you keep the volume lower in an attempt to protect your hearing. Pay attention to warnings that go with headphones, too, because listening to music or TV programming at high volumes with earbuds in can cause your eardrums to erupt which could lead to permanent hearing loss. It’s better to listen to audio tracks at a lower volume than to risk never being able to hear them again.

Cancel It Out

Make the noise-canceling headphones your go-to tool for protecting your hearing at home. Whenever you come into contact with a noisy home appliance or electronic device, place the protective covers over your ears for an added layer of defense against harsh sounds. Learning which headphones are best for safety purposes and hearing care is as easy as reading a few online reviews. Consumer Reports offers detailed information about different products and how they measure up in different areas such as comfort and battery life.

Choose New Home Appliances Wisely

When it comes time to replace your appliances and electronics, shop specifically for models that are lower in decibels; that way, you’re shielded from excess noise and still have products that work optimally. The average washing machine runs at 50-75 dB. Sounds at or over 85 dB can damage your hearing. The more you run a loud machine, the greater the risk you take with your hearing.

Make it a point to protect your hearing at home today. Now that you know how to do so with greater ease, take time out of your busy schedule to safeguard your ears. It may not occur to you how important hearing care is until it’s too late and damage has been done to your hearing.

A few precautionary measures are all it takes to shield your eardrums from threatening sounds such as those coming from your washing machine, television and garbage disposal. And, if you’re already experiencing hearing loss, contact your local Beltone office for a hearing assessment.

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