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Health Tip: Help Prevent Hearing Loss

Posted Dec 14 2010 7:00am
Take these precautions

By Diana Kohnle
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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(HealthDay News) -- Repeated exposure to loud noise can permanently damage your hearing.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help reduce your risk of hearing loss:

  • Stay away from loud noise whenever possible.
  • Wear hearing protection -- such as ear plugs -- while at work at a noisy job, or while at a concert.
  • Use sound-absorbing items, such as rubber mats under noisy kitchen appliances.
  • Keep the volume down on the TV or radio.
  • Avoid using noise to drown out other noise, such as blasting the TV so it's louder than the vacuum cleaner.
  • Get your hearing checked regularly.

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