Zaandam, Netherlands (PressExposure) March 06, 2011 -- Hearing is one of our five senses, and probably one that we take for granted. We spend every day just using them or letting them sense the world around us without thinking about how we can protect them. In fact, most hearing loss is a result of damage over long periods of exposure to loud sounds. Even mowing the lawn can be hazardous to your ears, and the blades don't have anything to do with it.
EarHearingProtection.net is a website dedicated to raising awareness about hearing loss and hearing protection. There are also links for high-quality hearing protection devices like earmuffs and ear plugs, as well as products for children. Yes, it is never too early to start protecting one's hearing.
You don't have to be a construction worker, airport personnel, or a firing range staffer to need earmuffs or ear plugs. Any time that you need to deal with loud sounds, you will want to put on some ear protection. Try putting them on the next time you mow the lawn or work on your car engine. You will be surprised at how much less strained you'll feel after finishing.
For young children, the situation is a little more critical. As they are still developing, their ears may not be as sturdy as they can be, and so hearing protection is even more important. By getting hearing protection devices for your children, you can help prevent hearing damage - at least until they discover a taste for loud popular music.
But you might ask, "Won't these devices make it difficult to sense things around me via sound?" True. That's why you need to be selective about when you wear it. Additionally, some products reduce sound levels, but not so much as to kill your entire sensitivity to environmental sounds. You might not be able to protect yourself from all sources of hearing damage in this modern world, but at least you can minimize the damage from the expected sources.