Eating right and safeguarding your hearing have some parallels. It sounds good, but not many of us have a very good concept of where to begin. If there aren’t any noticeable noise dangers and you don’t think your environment is very loud, this is especially true. But your ears and senses can be stressed by day-to-day living, so your auditory acuity can be preserved if you practice these tips.
If you want to keep enjoying the sounds around you, you should do everything you can to slow down the deterioration of your hearing.
Tip 1: Wearable Hearing Protection
Using ear protection is the most sensible and basic way to safeguard your hearing. This means that lessening loud and dangerous sound is a basic step you need to take.
This means that when it’s needed most people will want to wear ear protection. Hearing protection commonly comes in two basic forms:
- Ear Plugs, which are put in the ear canal.
- Ear Muffs, which are put over the ears.
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 Gets Harmful, be Aware of It
But how can you tell when to wear hearing protection? We’re used to connecting harmful noise with painful noise. But much lower volumes of sound can harm your ears than you might think. The sounds of traffic, as an example, are loud enough to start injuring your hearing after just a couple of hours. An essential step in safeguarding your hearing, then, is knowing when sound becomes harmful.
Typically sounds become harmful at the following levels:
- 95-100 dB: This is the typical volume of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. After around 15-20 minutes this volume of noise becomes harmful.
- Over 100 dB: Your hearing can be very rapidly damaged by this. Anything over this limit can damage your hearing in minutes or seconds. Rock concerts and jet engines, for instance, can damage your hearing in around thirty seconds.
- 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this volume of sound is hazardous.This is the level of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
Tip 3: Make 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 harmful. But in everyday life, it can be difficult trying to measure what is too loud and what isn’t.
Your smartphone can now be used as 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 harmful levels of noise really sound like, use your sound meter to check the decibel level of everything you are hearing.
Tip 4: Be Mindful of Your Volume Settings
The majority of people these days listen to music via their phone or smart device, and they normally use earbuds while they do it. This sets up a dangerous scenario for your hearing. Your ears can be considerably harmed if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.
Somonitoring the volume control means safeguarding your hearing. You should not increase the volume in order to drown out sounds elsewhere. And we recommend using apps or settings to make sure that your volume never accidentally become dangerously high.
Earbud use can become a negative feedback loop if your hearing starts to wane; in order to make up for your declining hearing, you may find yourself constantly rising the volume of your earbuds, and in the process doing more harm to your ears.
Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Tested
You may think of a hearing exam as something you schedule when your hearing has already started to decline. The issue is that it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears without a baseline to compare results to.
Scheduling a hearing screening or exam is a good way to obtain data that can be used for both treatment and analytic purposes, making certain that all of your future hearing (and hearing protection) decisions have a little bit of added context and information.
Keep an Eye on Your Ears
In an ideal world, protecting your ears would be something you could do continuously without any problem. But there are always going to be obstacles. So safeguard your ears when you can, as often as you can. Also, get regular hearing exams. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.