These Tips Can Help You Protect Your Hearing

Woman protects her hearing with ear muffs while doing yardwork.

Protecting your hearing is a lot like eating the right way. It’s difficult to know where to start even though it sounds like a smart idea. This is particularly true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be very noisy and there aren’t any obvious dangers to your ears. But everyday life can stress your ears and your senses, so your auditory acuity can be maintained if you apply these tips.

If you want to continue to enjoy the sounds around you, you need to do everything you can to impede down the degeneration of your hearing.

Tip 1: Ear Protection You Can Wear

Using ear protection is the most practical and basic way to safeguard your hearing. This means that reducing loud and damaging sound is a basic step you need to take.

For most people, this will mean wearing ear protection when it’s required. Hearing protection generally comes in two basic forms:

  • Ear Muffs, which are put over the ears.
  • Ear Plugs, which are put in the ear canal.

Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. There are benefits to each style. Your choice of hearing protection should, most notably, feel comfortable.

Tip 2: When Sound Becomes Dangerous, be Aware of It

But when to wear hearing protection is the question. Noise that is painful is commonly considered harmful. But honestly, sounds can start to damage your hearing at a much lower volume than you might expect. After just a couple hours, as an example, the sounds of traffic are enough to damage your ears. Knowing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a necessary step in safeguarding your hearing.

Generally sounds become dangerous at the following levels:

  • Over 100 dB: Your ears can be very rapidly damaged by this. Anything above this threshold can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. Jet engines and rock concerts, for example, can injure your hearing in around thirty seconds.
  • 85 decibels (dB): This volume of sound is hazardous after about two hours of exposure. This is the volume of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
  • 95-100 dB: This is about the noise level you’d expect from farm equipment or the normal volume of your earbuds. After about 15-20 minutes this volume of sound becomes dangerous.

Tip 3: Turn Your Phone Into a Sound Meter

We can take precautions to limit our exposure, now that we have a concept of what levels will be hazardous. But in real life, it can be difficult trying to gauge what is too loud and what isn’t.

That’s where your smartphone can become a handy little tool. There are dozens of apps for iPhone, Android, and everything in between that turn your device’s microphone into a sound meter.

In order to get an idea of what hazardous levels of noise really sound like, use your sound meter to confirm the decibel level of everything you are hearing.

Tip 4: Monitor Your Volume Settings

The majority of people today listen to music via their phone or smart device, and they normally use earbuds while they do it. Your hearing is put in danger with this setup. Your hearing can be considerably damaged if you keep your earbuds too loud over a long period of time.

That’s why protecting your hearing means keeping a focused eye on your volume management. You should not increase the volume to drown out sounds elsewhere. in order to make certain that volume doesn’t get too loud, we recommend using volume configurations or app settings.

If your hearing begins to decline, earbuds can become something of a negative feedback loop; you could find yourself constantly increasing the volume of your earbuds so that you can make up for your faltering hearing, doing more damage to your ears in the process.

Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Checked

You may think that getting a hearing test is something you do only when your hearing begins to wane. The difficulty is that it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears without a standard to compare results to.

Scheduling a hearing screening or exam is a great way to generate data that can be used for both treatment and diagnostic purposes, ensuring that all of your future hearing (and hearing protection) choices have a little bit of added context and information.

Keep an Eye on Your Hearing

It would be perfect if you could constantly safeguard your ears without any difficulty. But there are always going to be difficulties. So safeguard your ears when you can, as often as possible. You should also get your ears tested routinely. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.

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