By Christianna Mullins, CCC-SLP
One role of speech-language-hearing professionals is to raise awareness of and help prevent hearing loss.
Did you know the following recreational activities can cause hearing damage?
- Hunting and target shooting
- Loud Concerts
- Using MP3s and earbuds
These can all lead to noise-induced hearing loss, a gradual painless process that leaves permanent damage.
How can I tell if the noise that I am hearing is dangerously high?
- I have to raise my voice to be heard
- I cannot hear someone who is 3 feet away
- Speech sounds muffled after I leave a noisy area
- I have ringing or pain in my ears after exposure to loud noise
Do I need to avoid these activities altogether?
No, there are steps to take that can facilitate healthy consumption of these activities.
- Use Earmuffs
- Use Earplugs
- Plug your ears with your fingers when there is a brief, loud noise such as a fire alarm
- Lower the loudness of the sound on MP3s to less than half the volume