Things that are damaging your hearing

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Hitting the road with a motorcycle - At about 80 to 100 decibels, the classic vroom sound of a motorcycle engine can damage your hearing over time.

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A night at the movies - Watching the latest action flick could leave your ears a bit damaged. Noise levels at a movie theater range between 74 and 104 decibels.

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Hearing the shrill of a siren - You might want to plug your ears when you hear sirens. They can produce sounds between 110 and 129 decibels.

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Going to a live concert - This one might not surprise you. But just like sporting events, concerts are also pretty noisy, with sounds ranging from 94 to 110 decibels.

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Attending a fireworks display - The visual that make fireworks might be spectacular, but the noise is dangerous and can reach 140 to 160 decibels.

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Your work environment - You could be at risk for hearing loss if loud noise is part of your job. This is especially common if working in a factory, construction, or farming.

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Avoid making too much noise - Do you know when it's too loud? If you have to shout over the surrounding noise, it's loud enough to damage your hearing.

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Earplugs - Earplugs are usually made of foam or rubber. They go in your ear canal and can reduce noise by 15 to 30 decibels.

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Turn the volume down - Turn down the volume of your devices. Even a small reduction in volume can make a big difference to the risk of damage to your hearing.

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Use the 60:60 rule - To enjoy music from your device safely, listen to your music at 60% of the maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.

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Don't smoke - Here's an interesting fact: research shows that tobacco can make you more likely to lose your hearing. That's another great reason to quit!

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