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3 Things Your Ears Wish They Could Tell You

Have you ever looked in the face of your dog and wished he could tell you what he was thinking? This would be especially helpful when he’s digging in the yard, pulling on the leash, or eating your favorite pair of shoes.

It’s easy to be frustrated, but instead we have to make a concerted effort to get to know his signals and needs.

Are you doing the same for your ears? Listen Carefully is here to show you how!

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Why Airplanes are Loud + 4 Tips for a Relaxing Flight

During a recent business trip to visit our headquarters in Minneapolis, I was reminded how loud traveling can be.

An infant screamed into her mother’s ear (repeatedly), the airplane engine hummed for three hours, and loudspeaker announcements jolted me from my seat without warning.

So I did some more research to find out just how loud my trip was, and how it could affect my long-term hearing health.

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How to Stay Cool at Summer Concerts

When summer heats up, concerts are the cool place to be (especially when they sell ice water and have spray fans).

Whether you make a road trip to Woodstock, sit in the nosebleed section at The Hollywood Bowl, or relax at your small town’s weekly concert in the park series, if you’re anything like us you’ll be spending plenty of hours sprawled on a picnic blanket or sitting in the stands of your favorite venue, enjoying music while the sun goes down.

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4 Foods to Feed Your Ears

We all have common sense when it comes to hearing protection. Don’t sit next to the speakers at a wedding, for example. We’ve even taken steps to maintain a healthy relationship with our ears, but wearing earplugs, walking away from the sound source, and turning down the volume are only a few of the ways to protect your hearing.

Today, we’re sharing another great way to protect your hearing: food! We all know chips and salsa go together, but what about bananas and hearing protection? If it sounds like a strange pairing, stick with us, because the food you eat now can have a direct effect on the hearing you’ll have later.

If you don’t know where to start, that’s where Listen Carefully comes in! We did some research and put together a list of four foods to include in your meals that will help keep hearing loss from impacting your life in the future.

Let’s eat!

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Meet the Listen Carefully Video Contest 3rd Place Winner!

When Thomas Le attended a local concert in his hometown of Panama City, Florida, last fall, he had no idea that the footage he filmed would land him third place in Listen Carefully’s video contest!

His short video “Effects,” takes us front and center to one of the loudest places we can be: the concert venue. Through the process, Le learned statistics that helped alter his views on loud sounds and how they impact hearing, like how 1 in 6 teenagers has noise-induced hearing loss from loud sounds.

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Meet the Listen Carefully Video Contest 2nd Place Winners!

Let’s give a round of applause to Jenny Kim, Matthew Orgill, and Tyler Koski! These teens from Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, California, won second place in the 2015 Listen Carefully Video Contest!

After winning another video contest last year, Kim was determined to find more opportunities. “Unlike other contests,” she said, “Starkey Hearing Foundation had a clear purpose and goal that we were inspired by and wanted to support.” Koski agreed: “Making a video that promotes teenagers to keep their hearing for a lifetime made the contest even more enticing.”

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Meet the Listen Carefully Video Contest Grand Prize Winners

Have you heard? We recently announced the winners of Listen Carefully’s 2015 Video Contest!

In total, more than 3,000 students from all 50 states participated, and after an exciting public vote winners were announced on February 11, 2015. Ken Nakama, Dan Lesser, and Joshua Maslaki from Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California took home the grand prize, and Grammy-nominated recording artist Aloe Blacc will perform a private concert at their school in the spring!

Their short film “Protect Your Ears” is a call to turn down the volume. The team worked for 22 hours to film, edit, and produce the video, and all their hard work paid off! To make the film relatable, they chose to film in their school’s computer lab, a modern space that would help communicate their message. Dan Lesser explained that the team’s hope was for teens to be “conscious of the volume of music they are listening to, and the irreversible consequences it holds.”

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Will Your Future Career Cause Hearing Loss?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This question is often asked to young adults at nauseam, and the majority of us don’t know the answer until much later in life. If you’re heading into your final years of high school or are finding your way in college, we’re willing to bet you’ve given this question some thought but that you haven’t taken your ears into account during the process.

We understand.

It’s hard enough trying to decide which professional path to pursue, never mind that you need to consider the long-term health of one of your five senses. That’s why we’re here to demystify the job market for you.

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