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Updated: 1/17/2013 10:09 am

(BPT) - Conversations going unheard, volume settings on electronics pushed to the max, constantly asking speakers to repeat themselves - these are all common signs of hearing loss.

Hearing loss affects one in five Americans age 12 and older, according to a Johns Hopkins study. It is also the third most common health problem in the United States - with millions of Americans missing out on the important sounds of their life. Hearing loss can create troubles with relationships, workplace efficiency and can even develop into emotional issues for individuals who are unable to participate in or hear conversations.

Exposure to excessively loud noise is the main cause of hearing loss in the world today, and it affects all ages, not just the elderly. A variety of sources produce loud noises that can induce hearing loss, including machinery, electronics set at higher volumes, sporting events and concerts.

Knowing what causes hearing loss is the key to protecting your hearing. October is National Protect Your Hearing Month, designed to help educate Americans on how they can protect their hearing. Here are some tips to follow to keep hearing damage at a minimum so that you're not missing out on any of life's sounds.

* Wear hearing protection when around loud noises. Remember to bring hearing protection with you when going to concerts or sporting events. Keep ear plugs handy in your car, your wallet or your purse in case you happen upon loud environments unexpectedly.

* Turn down the volume when you can. Keep music at a comfortable level on your mobile phone, in your car and on your home stereo.

* Walk away from loud noises whenever you are able. You'll know that noise levels are too high when it's impossible to hold a normal conversation without shouting.

Prevention is key to good hearing health, but the good news is that everyone with hearing loss can be helped. The first step is to see an audiologist or physician who can help you determine the cause and extent of damage to your hearing. This expert will also help determine the best hearing instruments or the best medical procedure available for your condition, so you can comfortably interact with conversations again.

If you do receive a hearing aid as treatment for your condition, get the right power for this device so you can rest comfortably knowing that your device is working and you will never miss the sounds of life around you. Duracell's new Easy Tab Hearing Aid Batteries with Duralock Power PreserveTechnology are easy to use. Guaranteed to stay at full power for up to four years in storage, you'll know that these batteries will work anytime you pull them out of your utility drawer. To learn more visit Duracell.com.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of hearing loss, see an audiologist or physician for a diagnosis and treatment so you can once again hear the conversations happening and participate in socializing with friends and family.

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