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Safely Enjoy 5 Earplug Worthy Gifts this Holiday Season




Connect Hearing suggests making hearing health a consideration when buying presents for loved ones this year

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (November 26, 2012) — If you're looking for stocking stuffers for this year, think about earplugs to go along with some of the popular gifts that can pack a lot of joy as well as noise. Connect Hearing, Canada's largest network of hearing-health clinics, has come up with these five holiday gifts ideas that are sure to impress but which should also be wrapped with a handy set of earplugs.

1. Interactive Gaming Systems — While devices like Nintendo's Wii and Kinetic by X-box add a tremendous amount of pleasure and entertainment for families, they also bring an increased amount of noise into the home. When you're enjoying all the fun, remember to protect your hearing at the same time.

2. Musical Instruments — Whether the musicians in your life are just starting out or have been at it for years, their ears will appreciate the extra protection you give them with earplugs. "Musicians are among the people most affected by hearing loss," says Connect Hearing's Director of Professional Practice, MJ DeSousa. "Their ears get more use than just about anyone else."

3. Golf Clubs — Surprisingly, golf can be hazardous to your hearing. That's because of the excessively loud "pings" produced by the new titanium drivers that are popular with golfers. Over time, listening to those pings can lead to hearing loss.

4. Toys — One in five children in the U.S. has some form of hearing loss by the time they reach age 12, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group advises in a recently released report on dangerous toys. When a favourite gift is unwrapped this year, parents should see if Santa has some earmuffs around for kids to wear, and perhaps a set of earplugs for their own ears.

5. Movie Passes — A popular item at the holidays is a book of gift certificates for the big screen, but those movie passes should come with some earplugs too, DeSousa says. "The sound levels inside theatres — especially during the blockbuster action films — can often exceed 100 decibels for some scenes. Wearing earplugs will reduce the chance of hearing damage and also the discomfort of listening to those loud action sequences."

Another gift idea is an appointment for a complimentary hearing screening. Connect Hearing offers those at each of its 112 clinics across Canada. To learn more, visit Connect Hearing's website at

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