Noisy Planet is proud to host Listen Up! Protect Your Hearing, an interactive infographic that shows how loud some common sounds are. Developed by the National Center for Environmental Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the infographic also provides tips to keep your ears safe around loud noises. Pick a sound to see how loud it is, get tips for safe listeningand still enjoy the activities you love!

Image of infographic: Listen up! Protect your hearing. To protect your hearing, use earplugs and try to avoid loud noises.

You hear sounds all dayat home, at school, and at play. Normally, these sounds aren’t loud enough to be a problem. But being around too much loud soundor being exposed to it too oftencan harm your hearing by damaging sensitive structures in your inner ear. The loss is permanent; it can be immediate, or it can take a long time to notice.

Attending sporting events such as a football or hockey game can expose you to up to 110 A-weighted decibels (dBA) of sound. At that level, you can lose some of your hearing in less than an hour. Over time, any sound that’s 85 dBA or higher can cause hearing loss. Listening to music with your headphones at the highest volume falls into this category.

The good news: noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

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