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Smart Woman: Slow Down Hearing Loss

You may not be able to stop hearing loss, but you can slow it down. We offer tips on how to preserve your hearing.<br>&nbsp; <br>
Do you wear ear protection when you mow the lawn, go to a concert or use a hairdryer? If not, you may be damaging your hearing.

"Research is showing that we are showing more and more hearing loss," said audiologist Norma Mraz.

The main reason? Excessive exposure to noise. Other everyday sounds that can cause hearing damage, including the vacuum cleaner, your surround sound television, and your stereo system.
 
But there is a way to protect yourself during all of these activities. Use ear protection like ear plugs and if you're listening to music on a mp3 player, don't crank it up.

"If you have it set where someone is sitting next to you and they can hear sound emitting from your ears, that headset is too loud," said Mraz.
 
And it's not just how loud sounds are, but how long you're exposed. Loud sounds on a regular basis can lead to permanent hearing loss.

How do you know if something is too loud?

Mraz said, "If you are in an environment where you're about three feet away from someone and you have to literally raise your voice for that person to hear you, that is already becoming a very loud environment."

So though it takes a little effort, wear ear protection because when it comes to our hearing, if you abuse it, you lose it.
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