October is Protect Your Hearing Month: Tips to Protect Your Child’s Hearing

October is Protect Your Hearing Month: Tips to Protect Your Child’s Hearing

Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

Today’s Parent Tip of the Week is brought to
you by Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center

 Turn it Down!
If you are wearing earbuds/headphones and someone can hear your music from arm’s reach away (about 3 feet), it is too loud.

Use Noise-Canceling Earphones
These will allow you to set the listening level at a lower volume if you are in a noisy place and still hear what you want to hear.

Limit Listening Time
The louder the sound, the less time it takes to damage your hearing. The next steps will help you limit exposure to loud sounds.

Move Away
Move away from the source of the loud sound. It’s one of the easiest things to do! Also, do not use noisy equipment in small, enclosed spaces.

Use Earplugs
Earplugs are inexpensive and easy to find at most drugstores, sporting goods stores, and hardware stores. Keep them at home, in your backpack, or in the car so you have them when you need them.

Cover your Ears
Use your hands or use one finger to push the little flap in front of your ear backwards to seal off the ear canal.

Block the Sound
Close the door, close the window!

How Loud is Too Loud?

160 dB Jet Airplane
150 dB Helicoptor
140 dB Rock Concert
130 dB Ambulance Siren
120 dB School Dance
110 dB Power Saw
100 dB Cement Mixer
90 dB Lawn Mower

80 dB City Traffic
70 dB Small Party
60 dB Normal Speaking Voice
50 dB Car Horn
40 dB Refrigerator Motor
30 dB Whisper
20 dB Rustling Leaves
10 dB Normal Breathing
0 dB Threshhold of Normal Hearing

Kids can learn more about how their ears work and how to protect their hearing by visiting the interactive website www.chsc.org/soundchoices.

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