Health Tip: Help Prevent Hearing Loss

(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.

-- Diana Kohnle

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