4 Tips for preventing hearing loss in your children
Hearing loss in children is of particular concern today, owing to the widespread use of personal audio devices.
In response to this growing issue, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the World Hearing Forum (WHF), an advocacy network that promotes ear and hearing care.
To prevent hearing loss in your own children, you must take the necessary precautions. Here are four things every parent should do.
1. Educate your kids about hearing loss
Instill in your children the value of hearing and teach them about how loud noises can impact their ability to hear. This is a lesson that’s worth reiterating to them whenever you have the chance. And you might consider using occasions like World Hearing Day to pass on the message. This campaign organized by the World Health Organization takes place annually on March 3. There’s a new theme every year and a number of interesting posters, infographics and presentations are featured on the WHO website.
2. Teach your kids to listen safely
Teach your kids to keep the volume down when watching TV and listening to music (especially when doing so with headphones). And teach them to take listening breaks.
You should also instruct them to cover or plug their ears when suddenly bombarded with very loud noises, such as the sound of a siren, lawn mower or blender.
3. Have them use hearing protectorsSituations may arise in which your child will require hearing protectors. For example:
• When attending loud events such as concerts, sporting events and auto races
• When riding a dirt bike, all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile
• When attending a fireworks display
Have your children wear earplugs or earmuffs during these types of events. Earplugs are more discreet (there are ones designed specifically for children) but for babies and very young children, earmuffs are often the better choice as they’re less intrusive and easier to keep track of.
4. Have their hearing checked periodically
Hearing problems can be overcome if they’re caught early, so it’s important to schedule regular hearing exams for your child.
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