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Listen Up!: Noises Can Damage Your Hearing

Loud or long-lasting noises—from motors, power tools, and even headphones—can permanently damage your hearing. Take steps to protect your ears from harmful noises.

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See, Hear, Speak: Are Kids’ Senses Ready for School?

Early classroom success depends on healthy hearing, vision, speech and language. If a child has problems in these areas, the sooner they’re spotted, the better they can be treated.

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