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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

This article on GadgetsToUse discusses how to get high noise level alerts on a smartphone. It turns out that there are several ways to do this, whether you have an iPhone or an Android. And of course, the Apple iWatch has a noise alert feature, for those with iWatches.

But you really don’t need to change settings or install an app on whatever device you have. Just remember this simple rule:

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

Turn down the volume, leave the noisy environment, or use hearing protection.

If you do that, your ears should last you a lifetime.