Safeguard Your Hearing With These Tips

Woman protects her hearing with ear muffs while doing yardwork.

Safeguarding your hearing is similar to eating right. It’s difficult to know where to begin even though it sounds like a good idea. This is particularly true if you don’t think your daily environment is very noisy and there aren’t any apparent dangers to your ears. But your ears and senses can be stressed by everyday living, so your auditory acuity can be maintained if you apply these tips.

If you want to continue to enjoy the sounds around you, you should do everything you can to slow down the deterioration of your hearing.

Tip 1: Wearable Hearing Protection

The most basic and practical way that you can safeguard your ears is to protect your ears. This means that decreasing loud and damaging sound is a basic step you need to take.

This means that when it’s needed most people will want to wear hearing protection. Hearing protection generally comes in two basic forms:

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

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

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

But how do you know when to use hearing protection? Noise that is painful is normally regarded as harmful. But much lower volumes of sound can damage your ears than you might believe. The sounds of traffic, as an example, are loud enough to start damaging your hearing after only a couple of hours. A vital step in safeguarding your hearing, then, is knowing when sound becomes harmful.

Usually sounds become dangerous at the following levels:

  • 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d get from farm equipment or the normal volume of your earbuds. This level of sound becomes harmful after 15-20 minutes.
  • 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this volume of sound is dangerous.Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both situations where you will find this level of sound.
  • Over 100 dB: This is where you can damage your hearing very quickly. Anything over this threshold can damage your hearing in minutes or seconds. Jet engines and rock concerts, for instance, can damage your hearing in about thirty seconds.

Tip 3: Your Phone Can Become a Sound Meter

We can take precautions to minimize our exposure, now that we have a concept of what levels will be dangerous. The trick is that, once you’re out in the real world, it can be hard to determine what’s loud and what isn’t.

Your smartphone can now be used as a handy little tool. Sound meter apps exist for every type of smartphone.

Having a dynamic sound meter with you will help you evaluate everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a much better understanding of what dangerous levels really sound like in your everyday life.

Tip 4: Keep Track of Your Volume Buttons

A smartphone with earbuds is commonly the way people listen to music nowadays. Your hearing is put at risk with this setup. Your ears can be considerably harmed if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.

That’s why safeguarding your ears means keeping a sharp eye on your volume control. In order to drown out noises elsewhere, you should never increase the volume. And we recommend using apps or settings to make sure that your volume never unintentionally become hazardously high.

If your hearing begins to wane, earbuds can become something of a negative feedback loop; in order to compensate for your declining hearing, you could find yourself continuously increasing the volume of your earbuds, doing more damage to your ears in the process.

Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Checked

You might think that getting a hearing test is something you do only when your hearing starts to wane. Without a standard to compare results to, it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears.

Scheduling a hearing screening or exam is a good way to generate data that can be used for both treatment and analytic purposes, ensuring that all of your future hearing (and hearing protection) decisions have some added context and information.

Pay Attention to Your Hearing

In an ideal world, protecting your ears would be something you could do constantly without any problem. But challenges are will always be there. So safeguard your hearing when you can, as often as possible. Also, get routine hearing examinations. Hopefully, these guidelines will give you a good start.

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