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Each May, Noisy Planet joins the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in observing Better Hearing and Speech Month. Noisy Planet celebrates this annual opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and hearing health. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from noise-induced hearing loss.

Exposure to loud noises can damage your hearing. Noise-induced hearing loss may not be noticeable at first, but it can get worse over time, particularly as you get older. Speech and music may begin to sound muffled or unclear, making it difficult for you to interpret sounds.

You can protect your hearingand your children’s hearingfrom noise damage with these three steps:

  • Lower the volume.
  • Move away from the noise.
  • Wear hearing protectors, such as earplugs or protective earmuffs.

Promoting and modeling healthy hearing habits can help children and teens protect their hearing for life. During Better Hearing and Speech Month and beyond, join Noisy Planet in spreading the word about noise-induced hearing loss prevention. Share our Better Hearing and Speech Month image, available in English and Spanish, on social media.

Learn more about Better Hearing and Speech Month and about disorders related to hearing, voice, speech, and language on the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) website.

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