Our world is noisier than ever before. Airplanes flying in the skies with jets rumbling, cars and trucks crowding the streets revving and honking, sidewalks bustling with people talking, and restaurants overflowing with diners and alive with loud music are just a few of the things ratcheting up the noise level. And noise doesn’t discriminate. Sound waves at high decibels over long periods can do damage to even the youngest of little ears.
It’s more important than ever to protect your child’s hearing.
The facts on noise
Hearing loss, once considered to only affect the elderly, has quickly become a concern for people of all ages. In fact, an estimated one in six kids has hearing damage by the time they reach the end of their teenage years thanks to everyday noise pollution, personal listening devices, concerts and more.
Over the years, as the level of noise pollution as grown, policymakers have worked to safeguard the public’s hearing, but the debate over what is “safe” continues. Today, while prolonged exposure to anything under 85 decibels is generally considered safe in the United States, many push for lower maximum levels similar to those of the EU where there is a maximum of 50 dB during the day for an extended amount of time.
These examples of average decibel levels can help give you an idea of what those levels sound like:
These policies to help limit noise exposure are only one small step, though. It’s up to individuals to take charge of their hearing. That includes parents taking steps to protect their child’s hearing.
How to protect your child’s hearing
If you have children in your home, there are several steps you can take to help them prevent hearing loss now and into the future:
Help protect your child’s hearing with tips like these. Small steps every day can help prevent hearing loss and set them up for a lifetime of healthy hearing.
If you’re ready to schedule a hearing evaluation or would like more information about hearing loss, contact our office.