Limit periods of exposure to noise; for example, if you are at a rock concert, walk out for a while – give your ears a break. Be aware of the noise in your environment and take control of it when you can. Your county may have a local noise ordinance. Find out what you can do in your community to advocate for quiet. For example, some high schools have set a decibel limit for the music played at school dances to protect the students' hearing. An audiologist can measure sound levels at a specific location and make recommendations for keeping sound levels safe.
For an evaluation of hearing abilities, an audiologist should be contacted. When hearing loss is the result of current disease, or if a medical problem is suspected, a physician should be seen. The audiologist you select should be licensed by the state of NJ and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).