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Protect Your Hearing: Don't Let Halloween Sounds Haunt You

Gradual hearing loss is more common, but it can happen suddenly as well. This is more likely when exposed to loud noise. This could happen during festive times of the year like Halloween. There's nothing wrong with having some spooky fun during the haunting season. Keep in mind that it's as important to be diligent about hearing care at any time of the year. Take steps to protect your hearing this holiday and every day.

What Is Noise-Reduced Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is caused by exposure to sounds at certain noise levels. These noises are measured in decibels. Exposure to noise at the 90 decibel range, for example, are okay for about eight hours. If the noise level goes up to 100 decibels, hearing damage can occur after 15 minutes of exposure. Studies suggest 15% of adults between the ages of 20 and 69 experience hearing loss related to noise. These are also associated with leisure activities. Such activities may include parties and other events related to Halloween.

How Can You Protect Your Hearing During Halloween Season?

The good news is you can enjoy Halloween without sacrificing your hearing. One way to do this is by covering your ears if you'll be at a loud environment. These include haunted houses, Halloween parties, or Halloween-themed concerts or events. You can do this by:

  • Using earplugs
  • Placing ear molds in your ears
  • Wearing noise-canceling headphones if around loud noises for a long period of time

Another way to protect your ears is to find ways to take a break from the louder sounds. You can do this by finding a quieter room, for example, if you're at a house party, or by going outside if you're at a noisy club. Even with haunted houses, it can be helpful to step away from the louder areas. This is especially helpful if you're experiencing hearing-related discomfort.

Know the Signs of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Another step to protect your hearing this Halloween is to know the signs of noise-induced hearing loss. These include:

  • Ear pain ears following exposure to excessive noise
  • Not being able to clearly hear or understand everything being said to you
  • Others around you saying you're talking too loud
  • Experiencing tinnitus, or a ringing or buzzing sound in your ears

If you don't have underlying hearing issues, noise-induced hearing loss is often temporary. If it continues or gets worse, see your doctor or a hearing care specialist.

Call Us Today

If you're experiencing hearing loss, the team at Beltone of Northwest Florida is here. If hearing aids end up being right for you, we'll guide you through the process. We will find a suitable and comfortable solution for you. Our local hearing care team also provides beneficial follow-up services. Contact us today for all your hearing care needs and concerns.

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