June 27, 2014 at 11:51 PM
- Hearing protection can be purchased extremely cheaply at any pharmacy. Ask for E-A-R plugs (the little yellow ones) or for wax ear plugs. Zounds Hearing in Westfield is also giving them away until the holiday.
- Custom hearing protection is available with filters. Loud noise will be decreased, but people talking around you will still be clear.
- If you wear hearing aids, you may want to turn them off, or take them out.
- If the loud sounds are causing you discomfort or pain, cover your ears immediately and get indoors, or inside a car.
- Use earplugs for infants and toddlers. Aside from protecting their ears, earplugs will help them enjoy the light show since they won’t be frightened by the loud explosions.
- If you experience ringing in your ears or a temporary threshold shift (non-permanent hearing loss) that has not dissipated a few days later, see an ear, nose and throat specialist immediately to prevent permanent damage.
- If you have a history of loud noise exposure and are experiencing difficulties hearing, make an appointment with your local audiologist so a baseline can be determined and to see if you can benefit from amplification.
Dr. Justin Lipp, Au.D., is an audiologist with Zounds Hearing in Westfield. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-288-7795.
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