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Question 1: How do we help children understand that noise-induced hearing loss is real?

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You have to give them some examples. Tell them that a firecracker going off right next to them is too loud. You can say that standing next to the lawn mower is too much noise. You can point out that when someone is operating a jackhammer, if they don't protect their ears, they are at great risk for losing their hearing. The best thing is to give some concrete examples that will allow the child to appreciate what kind of noise is damaging and what kind of noise is okay.

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