MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, May 31, and throughout this week, the community is invited to stop by any of the 1,500 Miracle-Ear stores in all 50 states to pick up a free set of ear plugs. ear and a free hearing test.
It’s all part of the One Day Without Sound challenge. By suppressing sound for a day, individuals will recognize and understand the difficulty of having a hearing loss. Not only does this raise awareness of the challenges faced by the more than 48 million Americans with hearing loss, but it also gives individuals a chance to consider the importance of protecting their hearing year-round, in all types potentially dangerous listening situations.
“The One Day Without Sound Challenge is a powerful way for people to understand the barriers people with hearing loss face every day,” said Jenni Hargraves, vice president of the Miracle-Ear Foundation. “We are thrilled to see so many people taking up the challenge and learning more about hearing loss, and how to prevent it on their own.
One Day Without Sound is also an important reminder to take action to prevent hearing loss this summer. Important ways to protect your hearing may include:
- Wear hearing protection when mowing the lawn – Gas-powered lawnmowers produce an average of 80 to 85 decibels and can damage hearing after two hours of exposure. Wearing hearing protection can help prevent damage.
- Use earplugs or a silent helmet when riding a motorcycle – Motorcycles emit an average of 95 decibels and hearing damage is possible after about 50 minutes of exposure. Use earplugs or headphones with built-in noise canceling technology when riding.
- Stay away from the speaker at outdoor concerts – Attending an outdoor music festival is a popular summer activity, but the speakers can produce sounds at 105-110 decibels and can cause hearing loss in under five minutes. Try moving away from the speakers, wear hearing protection, or limit your time near the speaker.
- Watch the 4th of July fireworks from a safe distance – Fireworks have the potential to reach 150 to 175 decibels. Experts recommend attending a community fireworks display rather than shooting your own. If you light your own, check the noise level of the fireworks (all come with it).
For those who need hearing aids but cannot afford them, resources like the Miracle-Ear Foundation are available to help. For over 30 years, the Miracle-Ear Foundation has been dedicated to helping children and adults with hearing loss. Thanks to the generous support of Miracle-Ear franchise owners and donors across the country, the Miracle-Ear Foundation has donated over 34,000 hearing aids to more than 18,000 children and adults across the country.
For more information about the Miracle-Ear Foundation, visit www.miracle-earfoundation.org or visit your local Miracle-Ear store.
About the Miracle-Ear Foundation
Since its inception in 1990, the Miracle-Ear Foundation has donated more than 34,000 hearing aids to more than 18,000 children and adults across the country who otherwise could not afford them. Thanks to the generous support of Miracle-Ear franchise owners and donors, the foundation provides life-changing services, bringing the gift of sound to a growing number of people in need each year. For more information, visit www.miracle-earfoundation.org.
About Miracle Ear
For more than 70 years, Miracle-Ear has been a leader in providing innovative hearing solutions that improve lives, relationships and communities. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miracle-Ear has a retail network of more than 1,500 locally franchised and company-owned outlets in all 50 states. Each Miracle-Ear location uses state-of-the-art technology to customize hearing solutions and services based on each client’s hearing needs. The Miracle-Ear brand is owned by Amplifon, the world leader in hearing care with more than 9,200 points of sale in 25 countries. For more information, visit www.miracle-oreille.com.