Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul

HEAR, HEAR

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Connect Hearing audiologis­t Andrew Glynn shares six tips for protecting your hearing

BE AWARE: Any noises over 85 decibels can cause damage.

TAKE A BREAK:

Note how long you’re exposed to loud noise and have a 15-minute break to give your ears a rest.

AVOID LOUD PLACES:

If you have to yell to be heard, that environmen­t is likely to be hazardous for your hearing. If you can’t reduce loud noises, move away from them.

PROTECT YOUR EARS:

If you’re operating noisy machinery or can’t avoid a noisy situation, protect your hearing with earplugs or headphones.

STAND BACK: Never stand directly in front of speakers or amplifiers.

GET A FREE HEARING TEST:

Have your hearing tested every two years, particular­ly if you notice any changes in your hearing.

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