Loud noises are the most common cause of hearing loss

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We are exposed to a variety of sounds on a daily basis, with volumes that sometimes exceed the safe threshold of 85 decibels (dB). Prolonged exposure to these loud noises can cause permanent, irreversible hearing loss.

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Protect your hearing from loud noise

Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common cause of hearing loss in the U.S. The good news? It is easily preventable.

Common loud noises in our daily lives include: shooting/hunting, music, concerts, high-volume headsets.

Follow these tips to protect your hearing:

  • Wear hearing protection when exposed to loud noise.
  • Turn down the volume when enjoying music or TV.
  • Buy quieter products.
  • For children: look for decibel ratings on product packaging and limit exposure above 75-80db.

Earplugs are a must in noisy environments such as rock concerts and sporting events. They should also be worn when riding a motorcycle or snowmobile, mowing the lawn, using power tools, etc. If your job exposes you to loud noise, your employer is required by OSHA to supply hearing protection.

Total Hearing Care offers custom hearing protection

If you work or play in noisy environments — industrial settings, loud music, hunting, etc. — you should consider custom hearing protection. We take a mold of your ears and provide you with the highest quality, industry-standard protection personalized to your needs.