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Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
CAREGIVING
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Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
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Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
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DIABETES
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Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
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Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
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Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
FITNESS
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
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Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
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INFERTILITY
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KID'S HEALTH
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MEN'S HEALTH
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MENTAL HEALTH
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A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
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'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
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PREGNANCY
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
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Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
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Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
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Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss

Some of the most common sounds of summer can expose listeners to permanent hearing loss, one researcher warns.

The cautionary note was sounded by David Coffin, director of Ball State University's audiology clinic in Indiana.

Risky noise, he says, can come in the form of the pop of fireworks, the snarls of traffic, the buzz of lawn mowers, or the percussive tones of marching bands.

Such sounds are typically within the range of 90 decibels to 140 decibels, said Coffin, but any noise above 80 decibels can cause long-term hearing damage.

"We are living in a society that gets louder every year," Coffin said in a news release from Ball State. "Now that the weather is warmer, we are exposed to all sorts of sounds that can lead to permanent hearing loss. The average person will wear a helmet when riding a bike, or a seat belt in a vehicle, but doesn't even think about ear protection when going to watch a rock band, a fireworks display, or even an auto race."

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, almost 15 percent of Americans below the age of 19 suffer from some measure of hearing loss.

Signs of hearing loss due to unsafe sound exposure include not being able to comprehend somebody talking from two feet away; hearing muffled speech; experiencing pain or ringing in the ears following exposure; and needing others to speak louder in conversation.

However, Coffin stressed that while hearing loss is not reversible, noise exposure is a serious but preventable problem.

To reduce risk, Coffin advises that people wear ear plugs or alternative forms of hearing protection to buffer the noise pollution of summer.

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SOURCES: Ball State University, May 17, 2010, news release Published on: May 22, 2010