PRE-GAME TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HEARING
-- Use hearing protection in high-noise environments such as loud sports
venues where earplugs should be as prevalent as the use of sunglasses
and sunscreen in bright sunlight. They are quick and easy to use and
will not diminish the game experience.
-- Look for foam earplugs preferably with a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of
30 or higher. They can typically be purchased in sets of 10 at
drugstores and hardware stores.
While prevention is the best cure when it comes to hearing health, it is also important to be aware of the signs of possible hearing damage.
-- If you notice a slight change in hearing ability (a threshold shift) or
the presence of ringing in your ears (tinnitus), those are signs that
you most likely have sustained some hearing damage.
-- Repeated overexposure to loud sounds, starting with temporary threshold
shift and temporary tinnitus, can lead to permanent hearing loss, often
associated with permanent tinnitus.
It is strongly recommended that you promptly seek professional care if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
1. a ringing in your ears
2. a feeling of pressure in the ears,
3. sounds like cotton is in the ears,
4. the need to turn up the volume on the car radio, or
5. speech sounds muffled.
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