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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 6:00 am

Summer brings a chorus of sweet sounds.  But it also brings noise that can be harmful to our ears.  Prolonged exposure to the roar of lawn mowers, power tools, motorized recreational vehicles, target shooting, concerts, loud sporting events and fireworks can all wreak havoc on our hearing.  In fact, the single bang of a firecracker at close range can permanently damage hearing in an instant, making it forever more difficult to hear the subtler sounds of summer. 

   While many noisy recreational activities are part of summer’s delight, it is extremely important to take precautions to ensure that these activities do not damage your hearing.

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) offers the following tips:

*Use earplugs when you know you will be exposed to loud noises

*Leave the fireworks to the professionals

*Keep the volume down on MP3 players, smartphones and headsets

*Limit your time in noisy environments

*Take measures to protect against swimmer’s ear:  Drain any residual water from your ear   canals and dry your ears completely.  When visiting the beach, monitor the bacterial count.  Many beaches post signs - avoid the water on days the count is high.

*Visit your local hearing healthcare professional:  A hearing test will be provided to determine your baseline hearing level and if you have any hearing loss that should be addressed.

   For 65 years, millions of satisfied customers have trusted their hearing health to Miracle-Ear.  Odessa’s Miracle-Ear office offers free hearing evaluations and consultations.  If a hearing loss is discovered, Miracle-Ear has hearing solutions to meet most any need or budget and each comes with an outstanding service, warranty and aftercare package.  In addition to hearing aids, Miracle-Ear offers custom earplugs, amplified telephones and other assistive devices.   

   For more information and to schedule your free evaluation, call Odessa’s Miracle-Ear office at 432-368-7777 or 1-800-862-9317.  The office is located at 2508 N. Grandview.  A second office is located in Midland at 3001 W. Loop 250 North, suite C-121.  Their phone number is 432-520-5566.

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