How do you protect your hearing?
Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. The key to avoiding hearing loss is to protect your ears and maintain good glucose control.
There are three things to consider about noise: How loud. How long. How close. Proximity, duration and loudness dictate how quickly you should seek protection for your ears.
- Be aware of damaging noise.
- Be prepared to protect your hearing. Carry earplugs or other protection.
- Understand how hearing works and how it can be damaged.
What should I do if I suspect a hearing loss?
Talk to your primary care physician. They may refer you to a hearing specialist like: an audiologist, a licensed hearing aid dispenser or a doctor who specializes in hearing problems. From a full hearing exam, you’ll learn more about your hearing loss. You will also be told what can be done to treat it.
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