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This Sunday is arguably the best day of the year for many Americans, as we gather together to celebrate the biggest game in football – Super Bowl LIII. Even if you’re not in Atlanta with all the other hard-core football fans, the Super Bowl is a fun time to get together with family and friends for parties at home or the local sports bar. As we all know, it can get pretty rowdy and loud, so protecting your hearing is extremely important.

Here are five ear protection tips you should use on Sunday (or any other sporting event).

  1. Focus on lowering the volume and keeping it down. Often the commercials are cranked up louder than the game, even though you haven’t adjusted any settings, so stay on top of it.
  2. Plan ahead. If hosting, set up an area away from the screen for chatter, so guests aren’t constantly increasing the television volume to drown out other noise. If you’re a guest, look for areas away from the screen so you can comfortably step away for conversation, and to give your ears a well-deserved break.
  3. If listening to the game with earbuds, be careful of the volume setting and decibel (db) levels. Since the combination of volume and length of exposure can cause hearing loss, practice the ‘60/60 rule’: listen for 60 minutes at 60% of max volume and then take a break from it.
  4. If watching in a stadium or in a large venue , take protection to avoid permanent hearing loss. Many smart phones allow you to monitor the db reading, so you can better recognize when something is too loud.
  5. There’s no shame in wearing ear protection. But make sure it’s fit properly in your ear to get the maximum protection.

Be sure to enjoy the big game, as well as your long-term hearing!