How to prevent hearing loss while flying

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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

This article by Travel Awaits discusses tips on preventing hearing loss while flying. It’s a little biased towards the Widex hearing aid brand, but still contains some useful information.

As the article notes, airplane cabins are noisy. I have measured sound pressure levels between 90-100 decibels, especially during takeoff. In general, seats in front of the wings are quieter, but not much.

As Travel Awaits notes, earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones help make flying more comfortable and also protect one’s ears.

As the world tries to come out of the COVID-induced lockdowns and travel starts up again, it’s a good idea to protect your hearing.

Because if something sounds loud, it’s too loud and your auditory health is at risk.

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