When most people think of hearing problems, elderly people come to mind. But unfortunately, hearing damage can happen at any age, and it’s important to protect the ears to avoid unnecessary hearing loss.
This is especially important in children, who have very sensitive ears that can be permanently damaged with prolonged exposure to noise. Follow these tips to protect your children’s hearing in loud situations.
1. Keep your children out of situations with loud noises if at all possible. If you’re going to a rock concert, shell out the money for a babysitter so your kids won’t have to be exposed to prolonged noise at a high decibel level. Plus, you’ll have a more enjoyable experience without kids in tow.
2. Put ear plugs in your kids’ ears or ear muffs over their ears if you will be in areas with loud noises. For example, kids should wear ear plugs to a 4th of July fireworks show or if they’re visiting a construction site with lots of loud machinery. If you’re at an event with loudspeakers, avoid sitting next to them and give your children ear plugs or ear muffs.
3. Set children’s toys with speakers to the quietest setting. You don’t need to hear them from all the way across the room, and children can damage their hearing by holding the toys near their ears with the volume turned up all the way.
4. Limit the volume on headphones that children wear. Especially if they’re using them for prolonged periods of time, wearing the headphones can damage hearing. Consider doing quiet activities on airplane trips instead of cranking up the volume on the headphones to hear a movie over the noise of the engine.
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