4 Ways to Protect Your Child's Hearing
Here are some tips for protecting hearing in noisy environments:
1. Have your child avoid prolonged exposure to common sources of loud noises, such as a television or stereo on high volume.
2. Have your child wear protective earplugs when he's exposed to sustained loud noises, such as power tools or a lawnmower.
3. Make sure the sound environment (noise from heating or cooling systems, computer buzz, and appliances) at your child's school is compliant with EPA regulations.
4. Make minor modifications to your home, or suggest them at your school. Some homes and schools built near consistent and excessive noise, such as heavy traffic or trains, can make occupants particularly susceptible to hearing loss. These minor changes can create a more acoustically favorable environment:
- Wall-to-wall carpeting
- Acoustically treated tiles on ceilings and walls
- Well-fitted and closed windows and doors
- Quiet heating and ventilation systems