Repeated exposure to loud noise and even a
one-time exposure to loud noise can damage the delicate, sound-sensitive hair cells
in your inner ear. This type of hearing loss is irreversible but preventable.
To protect your hearing:
� Lower the volume on your TV and stereo
Choose personal stereos with an automatic volume
� Turn down the volume on headphones
By directing sound into your ear, headphones can
produce levels loud enough to damage your hearing. Hold your headset an arm's
length away. If you can hear the sound, the volume is probably too high.
� Muffle the sound
Noise can be damaging if you have to raise your
voice to be heard by someone an arm's length away. Wear earplugs or earmuffs
when you're around noisy tools, equipment or firearms. Use commercially made
devices that meet federal standards. Make sure the protectors fit snugly. Don't
use cotton earplugs. They're ineffective and can become lodged in your ear
� Have your hearing tested
If you're frequently around loud noise, have
your hearing checked annually. A hearing test can detect mild hearing loss before
the damage is obvious or disabling.