Eating right and safeguarding your hearing have some similarities. It’s difficult to know where to begin even though it sounds like a good idea. This is especially true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be especially noisy and there aren’t any noticeable risks to your ears. But everyday life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so doing these hearing protection tips can help safeguard your auditory acuity.
The more you can do to slow the deterioration of your hearing, the longer you’ll be capable of enjoying the sounds around you.
Tip 1: Wearable Hearing Protection
The most simple and practical way that you can safeguard your ears is to protect your ears. This means taking basic actions to reduce the amount of loud and damaging noises you’re exposed to.
For many people, this will mean using hearing protection when it’s warranted. Hearing protection normally comes in two basic forms:
- Ear Muffs, which are placed over the ears.
- Ear Plugs, which are placed in the ear canal.
Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. Each style has its positive aspects. Your choice of hearing protection should, most notably, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: Know When Sound Becomes Dangerous
The following threshold is when sound becomes hazardous:
- Over 100 dB: Your hearing can be very rapidly damaged by this. Injury is done in about thirty seconds with sounds over this limit. For example, rock concerts and jet engines will injure your hearing in 30 seconds.
- 85 decibels (dB): This volume of sound is hazardous after around two hours of exposure. This is the level of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
- 95-100 dB: This is the normal level of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This level of noise becomes damaging after 15-20 minutes.
Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter
Now that we have a general understanding of what volume of noise might be harmful, we can take some precautions to ensure we limit our exposure. The trick is that, once you’re out and about in the real world, it can be challenging to determine what’s too loud and what isn’t.
That’s where your smartphone can become a handy little tool. Sound meter apps exist for every type of smartphone.
Having a dynamic sound meter with you will help you measure everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a much better idea of what harmful levels really sound like in your everyday life.
Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Buttons
Most people today listen to music via their phone or smart device, and they normally use earbuds while they do it. Your hearing is put at risk with this combination. Over years of use, earbuds set to a substantially high level can cause significant injury to your ears.
Somonitoring the volume control means protecting your ears. In order to drown out sounds somewhere else, you should never raise the volume. And we recommend using apps or configurations to ensure that your volume doesn’t unintentionally become hazardously high.
If your hearing begins to decline, earbuds can become something of a negative feedback loop; in order to compensate for your declining hearing, you could find yourself continuously rising the volume of your earbuds, doing more damage to your ears in the process.
Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Examined
You may think of a hearing test as something you get when your hearing has already begun to decline. The issue is that it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your hearing without a baseline to compare results to.
Acquiring data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can be best accomplished by scheduling a hearing examination and screening. This will give you some extra perspective for future hearing decisions and ear protection.
Keep an Eye on Your Ears
It would be perfect if you could constantly protect your ears without any hassles. But there are always going to be challenges. So whenever you can and as often as possible, protect your ears. Also, get regular hearing examinations. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.