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Copyright: May 2004 Niyam Bhushan.

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Ear This

Protecting Your Ears from Permanent Damage:

I have been receiving repeated requests from you on various aspects of hearing protection, and how hearing damage occurs. so am documenting this down for all of you. please archive this document carefully. and as usual, this is precious, so please share this with others in your family and those close to you.

the biggest cause of hearing damage, especially in people our age, and even younger, is due to loud music. nearing 80dB and higher. even a 15-minute exposure to the output from a dj's system is enough to give you
irreparable, irrevocable, damage.

if you lose your eyesight, you could somehow get it back, *if* someone were to donate eyes to you. and of course, the surgery and procedure is painful, and living on borrowed eyes, even when paid for, cannot be really matched with money.

but once you have hearing-loss, even if someone donates ears to you, you can't get it back. and *nobody* in this world has *tough* ears. no one can "heal" your ears in any way. once gone, the damage is done.

if you rot your teeth (with colas, sweets, bad diet) you can have the teeth removed, and put dentures or false teeth, and eat food to survive. but you can't get false ears.

getting a hearing aid is a temporary solution that again, further spirals your deafness.

surprisingly, the damage is occurring at a younger age. people in the agegroup of 5 to 30 have ears equivalent to a 60-year-old and above person. partial deafness is everywhere, which is why things are unusually loud with stereo systems, tvs, cellphones, even at malls, shopping complexes etc. the partially-deaf need ironically, the volume to be cranked up.

living in an urban jungle, you could possibly damage atleast one frequency a day in your ears.

so here are simple tips to protect your ears:

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