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Protect your ears, prevent noise-induced hearing damage

An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.

The second weekend of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has come to a close. But for some of the attendees, the music plays on. That is in the form of a faint (or significant) humming, ringing, hissing, roaring or whistling. That’s tinnitus, and while that sound dims over time for many concertgoers, it lingers much longer for others. That’s where Neuromonics comes in.

But you don’t need to get to that point. In many – if not most – situations, you can avoid hearing damage. When you know you will be confronted with loud noises – at work, at a concert or in another activity – you can take active precautions to prevent hearing damage.

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Use ear plugs

– These are so inexpensive and yet so helpful in preventing hearing loss. They are available at drug stores, specialty stores and online retail outlets. They really work. Consider this: The City of Minneapolis recently passed a city ordinance requiring music venues to offer ear plugs when patrons request them. Other cities are considering passing similar ordinances.

Turn down the volume

– Ear buds and other headphones concentrate the sound, making for great listening. But when the volume is too high, hearing damage ensues. And that can lead to tinnitus.

Cut down on tobacco and alcohol use

– Nicotine restricts blood flow in the body, which can harm ear function. Alcohol containing caffeine can also restrict blood flow and lead to hearing damage.

While I don’t espouse the philosophy that you shouldn’t have fun, I do think you can do it safely. Keep these tips in mind as the summer concert season begins.

Phil Waldstreicher, Neuromonics Territory Sales Manager