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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 12:00 am

   As summer approaches, Miracle-Ear urges children and adults to protect their hearing, reminding them that noise induced hearing loss cannot be reversed.

   Summer brings a chorus of sweet sounds.  But it also brings noise that can be harmful to your ears.  Prolonged exposure to the roar of lawn mowers, power tools, motorized recreational vehicles, target shooting, concerts, loud sporting events and fireworks can harm your 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 fun, it is extremely important to take precautions to ensure that these activities do not damage your hearing.

   “Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss,” says Kay Scroggins, Odessa’s Miracle-Ear representative.  “But by taking some simple precautions, you can protect your hearing and still enjoy summer activities.”   

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) recommends the following:   

*Use earplugs   

*Leave fireworks to the professionals   

*Keep the volume down and limit the usage of earbuds or headphones   

*Limit time spent in noisy environments   

*Protect against swimmer’s ear – dry ears after swimming and tilt your head from side to side to drain any excess water from ear canal

*Have a hearing test to determine your baseline hearing level and      determine if you have any hearing loss that needs to be addressed

   “We often take our hearing for granted,” says Scroggins.  “But hearing loss affects our quality of life, and we should do all we can to protect our hearing.  In addition, an annual hearing test is recommended so that if a loss is detected, it can be addressed.”

   The good news is that if a hearing loss is discovered, most people can be helped with hearing aids.  There’s no need to live without all the important sounds in your life!

   For over 65 years, Miracle-Ear has provided the most comprehensive customer service in the industry, and they are dedicated to helping even more people find their way to better hearing.  For a free hearing test and technology demonstration, call the Odessa Miracle-Ear office at 432-368-7777, or 800-862-9317.  The office is located at 2508 N Grandview.  A second office is located in Midland at 3001 W. Loop 250 North, C-121. Their phone number is 432-520-5566.

   In addition to hearing aids, Miracle-Ear offers custom hearing protection, amplified telephones and other assistive listening devices.

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