According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 out of 8 children (ages 6-19) already have hearing damage from loud noise. It is important that parents and guardians are educated about noise-induced hearing loss and way to prevent these risks. In many cases, most people do not notice the warning signs that their ear is damaged because hearing loss gradually happens over time.
Protect your child’s hearing by:
1. Avoiding loud noises whenever possible
2. Wearing hearing protection in loud environments
3. Educating your child about how loud noise can hurt their ears.
4. Show them the steps you are taking to protect your own hearing.
Places to be mindful of that typically have loud noise are: movie theater, concerts. restaurants, sporting games and video arcades. Children who set the volume too high for too long while hearing headphones can also cause hearing damage.
To learn more about noise-induced hearing loss, visit www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss