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Hearing Loss Prevention

Approximately 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job. Another 9 million are at risk for hearing loss from other agents such as solvents and metals. The Cost of Losing Your Hearing
When you lose your hearing there is a loss in quality of life. A hearing loss can also cost you financially. Preventing Hearing Loss
Although hearing loss is a common effect of aging, the Americans are starting to lose their hearing earlier in life as a result of noise-induced hearing loss, a hearing loss that is 100% preventable. To ensure the safety of your hearing here are some steps you can take to protect yourself.

Wear hearing protection such as ear plugs and ear muffs when being exposed to levels of noise over 85 decibels (dB) for extended periods of time. (Look for the NRR rating to know the approximate dB reduction the ear protection provides.)

A quick reference for levels of noise and exposure time:
60 dBNormal conversations or dishwashers
80 dBAlarm clocks
90 dBHair dryers, blenders, and lawnmowers
100 dBMP3 players at full volume
110 dBConcerts (any music genre), car racing, and sporting events
120 dBJet planes at take off
130 dBAmbulances
140 dBGun shots, fireworks, and custom car stereos at full volume
If you think you may have a hearing loss, "Find an Audiologist" and set up an appointment to have your hearing checked.