Eating right and protecting your hearing have some similarities. It sounds smart, but not many of us have a very good idea of where to begin. If there aren’t any apparent noise dangers and you don’t think your environment is especially loud, this is especially true. But your ears and senses can be stressed by daily living, so doing these hearing protection tips can help preserve your auditory acuity.
The more you can do to slow the impairment of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.
Tip 1: Wearable Hearing Protection
Using hearing protection is the most sensible and simple way to safeguard your ears. This means that reducing loud and harmful sound is a basic step you should take.
For most people, this will mean wearing ear protection when it’s called for. Two basic forms of protection are available:
- 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. Each type has its positive aspects. Your choice of hearing protection should, most notably, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: When Sound Becomes Dangerous, be Aware of It
Typically sounds become dangerous at the following thresholds:
- 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this level of sound is harmful.Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both scenarios where you will find this volume of sound.
- Over 100 dB: In this situation, you can damage your hearing very quickly. Injury is done in about thirty seconds with sounds above this limit. As an example, jet engines and rock concerts will injure your ears in 30 seconds.
- 95-100 dB: This is the typical level of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This volume of sound becomes harmful after 15-20 minutes.
Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter
Now that we have a basic understanding of what levels of noise might be hazardous, we can take some precautions to ensure we minimize our exposure. 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 actually sound like, use your sound meter to confirm the decibel level of everything you are hearing.
Tip 4: Keep Track of Your Volume Settings
A smartphone with earbuds is commonly the way people listen to music these days. Your hearing is put in danger with this setup. Over time, earbuds set to a sufficiently high volume can cause considerable damage to your hearing.
Somonitoring the volume control means safeguarding your ears. In order to drown out sounds elsewhere, you should not raise the volume. And we suggest using apps or configurations to ensure that your volume never unintentionally become dangerously 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 rising the volume of your earbuds, and in the process doing more harm to your hearing.
Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Checked
You may think of a hearing test as something you schedule when your hearing has already begun to decline. Without a standard to compare results to, it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your hearing.
Acquiring data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can be best accomplished by scheduling a hearing test and screening. This will give you some extra context for future hearing choices and ear protection.
Keep an Eye on Your Hearing
In an ideal world, protecting your hearing would be something you could do continuously without any problem. But there are always going to be obstacles. So whenever you can and as often as possible, protect your ears. Also, get regular hearing examinations. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.