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How's your hearing?

>> Saturday, May 03, 2008

So, you would wonder what is this picture have to do with hearing?

22 artists, including Josh Groban, are hearing ambassadors. They are campaigning against loss of hearing. Everyone is the target for this condition and it is easy to lose your hearing. Prevention is the only key to hearing loss, thus these artists volunteered to be part of this movements against silence.

As part of the campaign, the photographer Bryan Adams came up with an exhibit for Hear the World. One of his subjects was Josh Groban, whose picture you can see (and drool over) on my bloggie. One of my favorites is Bono and his guitar. You should check out the gallery. The opening photographs will be up sometime this month.

There's a link in the website where you can test your hearing capability. A series of pictures are shown and you have to click it, according to the sound that you hear from the speakers. The static noise gets louder every click, while the word spoken gets softer. I took the test, just to see if I need to tone down my music whenever I'm at work or at home.

Thankfully, my ears are working fine.

Take the test to see how your ears are fairing. It's also a way to know if you need to give your iPod a rest and store them away to help your ears recover.

Here are tips on how to take care of your hearing:

1. Clean your ears once a week. NOT every other day, NOT every day, and DEFINITELY NOT every hour. Your ears need wax and they have a capability of cleaning the excess wax. Once a week is just enough to aid the cleaning system. It'll also save you on cotton or cotton buds. And oh, please don't use your finger to clean your ear. Gross and unsafe.

2. If you can't live without your iPod or mp3 players, tone down the volume. If it's possible, do it at the lowest possible level. One way to check if your music is too loud, ask your seatmate if he can hear the music from your earphones. If he says yes, then you're in big trouble. Tone it down before you become deaf. If you need blaring music, then use speakers instead of earphones stuck to you ear. The speakers allow your ears to adapt to other sounds besides the rock or punk music that you love.

3. If your surrounding is noisy, don't turn the volume up. Your ears are getting strained with the noise, then you'll add to the noise pollution by putting on earphones and blasting loud music. There are two solutions: One, put ear plugs. Two, get the hell out of that place.

4. Try to give your iPod or mp3 players a rest. Turn it off and listen to the sounds around you. Close your eyes and focus on your surroundings. You'll be amazed at what your ears can do. When I'm awake in the middle of the night, I can sometimes hear the firetruck siren from afar. I know that the fire station nearest to our house is two subdivisions away. Still, I can hear it when there's a fire. Sound can travel for distances. Let the sound reach your ear.

5. Don't abuse your hearing. Your ears work 24/7. Even if you don't notice the soundwaves entering your ear, your ear still picks it up. Even the smallest of sounds enters your ear. It's now your task to work with your brain in determining what those sounds are. Appreciate your ears and don't take them for granted.

So, how is your hearing?


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