It’s a loud world we live in.
From video games to surround-sound at home, from music through our ear buds to live music (which is constant in our great city), from construction to traffic (also constant but not great). Noise is everywhere.
Collectively, all these loud noises can damage our hearing.
The idea of hearing loss most likely brings up an image of a grandparent. But our actions as adults, teenagers or even younger impact how well we hear (or don’t hear) later on.
Here’s a statistic for you. About 5 million kids have noise-induced hearing loss or hearing damage as a result of a loud sound. Most of this loss is entirely preventable.
What’s tricky about noise-induced hearing loss is that it can happen gradually and often has no symptoms. A person cannot feel it happening. Yet, once there is damage, it’s too late…hearing doesn’t come back.
With ACL Music Festival, F1 and other loud events around the corner, here are three tips to preserve your child’s hearing.
Has your child mentioned ringing in his ear? Are his ear buds constantly on overdrive and overload? Talk to your pediatrician.
Check out healthychildren.org for more information about safe hearing practice.