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Your airplane habits may be harming your hearing

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, thousands and thousands of people will be flying all over the United States to join family and friends for this holiday.  It is the busiest travel day of the year and that means planes will be packed with passengers at numerous airports across the country.  While typically routine, flying on airplanes provide a host of dangers to your health you may not know about.  Frequent flyers may be at rick of damaging their hearing on board airplanes.

When flying, after stowing away our luggage, and nestling into our seats many people will want to pass the time by immediately popping in earbuds to watch movies or listen to music.  While this is a great way to keep yourself occupied during long flights, it can be a danger for your ears.  Since you are traveling on an airplane, you will turn the volume up louder than you normally would so you can drown out the plane’s engines.  Listening to 100 decibels for 15 minutes can damage your hearing.  When you have loud music mixed with an already loud environment, that can cause some serious damage over long periods of time.

Some tips to help you protect your hearing:

  • Wear noise isolation headphones.  If you are on a long flight, noise isolation headphones not only will protect your ears, but you can also drown out sound and help yourself get some sleep.
  • A cheap solution for ear safety is to purchase some ear plugs.
  • Yawn, chew gum, or drink something during ascent and descent to protect your ears from pressure changes.

Have a great Thanksgiving and safe travels!

Nick Eugenis
Nick Eugenis is the Digital Content Specialist at Beltone. Nick supports the digital marketing efforts of Beltone along with providing assistance to various Beltone locations throughout North America. He spends his free time with his wife, daughter, son and Shiba Inu named “Hachi”.

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