How to reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss

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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

Reducing the risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) isn’t rocket science. It’s actually quite simple: avoid loud noise exposure and if you can’t do that, wear hearing protection.

This piece from Hear It Now, which claims to be the world’s #1 website on hearing and hearing loss, has a nice summary of practical tips. Click the link to see the full list of tips. Your ears will thank you!

Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He serves on the board of the American Tinnitus Association, is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’s Health Advisory Council, and is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America.

Comment (1)

  1. Jan Mayes

    Thanks, good tips. Those earmuffs don’t fit that baby….and it doesn’t look old enough for its fontanelle to have closed so what will tension pressure of muff headband do? Do doctors know? I struggle with how old babies should be before they get taken to very noisy places needing HPD. Also for places with music or conversation, hi def, hi fidelity, filtered or musician’s earplugs/earmuffs help people hear while blocking out highest noise. Like sunglasses block out brightest light but still let you see. Then people don’t have to shout to talk, overall noise less, and so on. For your excellent blog on too high stadium noise, this would lower stadium noise too if everyone wore hi fidelity HPD and could talk softer.

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