You exercise regularly, take care of your teeth and make sure you don't sit too close to the TV, but are you doing enough to protect yourself from hearing loss? According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 1 in 8 people over the age of 12 in the US have at least some hearing loss in both ears. And hearing loss only gets worse for older Americans. Severe hearing loss affects 25 percent of Americans between 65 and 74 and 50 percent of those who are older. Does hearing loss get worse over time? Absolutely, but the good news is that there are ways that you can not only prevent your hearing from declining any further but prevent hearing loss from starting in the first place. It all begins with understanding which types of noise can harm your hearing. What Type of Noise Causes Hearing Loss? Everyone knows when something is "loud," but a sound doesn't always have to be overly loud to cause permanent damage to your ears. Even moderate-level noises such as a washing machine or a dishwasher continuously running may be harmful if you are exposed to the sound for a long enough period throughout the day. Other everyday activities such as mowing the grass or riding a motorcycle can cause problems more quickly. A good rule of thumb is if you have to raise your voice for someone three feet or less away to hear you, you are in an environment that can cause hearing loss. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to change your environment. However, you can do something about reducing the noise level reaching your ears. Discover How to Prevent Hearing Loss from Getting Worse Surprisingly, it doesn't take much to protect your hearing. Here are three ways that you can prevent hearing loss: \tUse proper ear protection. Even a fifty-cent pair of earplugs can help reduce the risk of hearing loss. However, there are better solutions out there. If you work in a loud environment like construction or landscaping, investing in a quality pair of passive ear muffs is a good investment. You can find good passive ear muffs for less than 30 bucks. For even better results, you may want to pick up a pair of active noise-canceling ear muffs for not very much more. \tTurn down the volume. As easy as it may sound, most people don't do it. You should never assume that the manufacturers of headphones and earbuds limit the volume to a safe range, and therefore, it is rarely a good idea to listen at the highest volume. If you frequently listen to music in a loud environment, try using quality noise-canceling, over-the-ear headphones. \tEating foods high in vitamins. Changing your diet to foods with zinc, folate, B12 and more can boost your hearing health. \tSoundproofing your environment. If you are faced with constant, unavoidable noise, like in a manufacturing setting or even living on a busy street with traffic or trains and planes, you may want to consider soundproofing. Soundproofing not only stops others from hearing you but prevents you from hearing potentially damaging noise. Installing acoustic tiles or a rubber soundproofing barrier is a great start, but don't forget your windows. Normal windows are terrible at stopping noise, but you can significantly cut down on hearing outdoor noise by adding soundproof window inserts. Protect your hearing and stop loud outdoor noises from entering your home or business with quality soundproof window inserts from Sun and Sound Windows. The laminated glass soundproof window inserts from Sun and Sound Windows reduce damaging low-pitched noise from A\/C units and large trucks up to 75 percent and high-pitched sounds like truck brakes and pool pumps by up to 95 percent. Find out why customers in Houston\/Galveston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas\/Fort Worth love their soundproof window inserts from Sun and Sound Windows. Call 281-914-0264 or contact a customer service assistant online for a free estimate.