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How to protect yourself from noise pollution

A girl wearing ear protection.

You can stop hearing loss from noise pollution. It is 100 percent preventable. To protect your hearing:

  • Know which noises can cause damage (those at or above 85 decibels)
  • Turn your music down, especially when using headphones
  • Wear earplugs or proper earmuffs when involved in a loud activity (special earplugs and earmuffs are available at hardware and sporting goods stores)
  • Be alert to loud noise in your environment
  • Protect the ears of children who are too young to protect their own
  • Make your family and friends aware of the dangers of noise pollution
  • If you think you have hearing loss, see your doctor or nurse. You should have a medical exam by an otolaryngologist (say: OH-toh-lar-in-goll-oh-jist) (a doctor who works on the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck) and a hearing test by an audiologist (say: AW-dee-oh-ol-og-jist) (someone who tests and helps people with hearing loss).

 

Content last reviewed July 20, 2010
Page last updated October 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

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