Eating right and protecting your hearing have some similarities. It’s difficult to know where to begin even though it sounds like a smart idea. If there aren’t any obvious noise dangers and you don’t think your environment is particularly noisy, this is especially true. But daily life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so practicing these hearing protection techniques can help preserve your auditory acuity.
If you want to keep enjoying the sounds around you, you need to do everything you can to slow down the deterioration of your hearing.
Tip 1: Wearable Ear Protection
Using hearing protection is the most sensible and basic way to safeguard your ears. This means taking basic steps to lessen the amount of loud and damaging noises you’re exposed to.
This means that when it’s required most people will want to use ear protection. Hearing protection normally comes in two basic forms:
- Ear Plugs, which are put in the ear canal.
- Ear Muffs, which are placed over the ears.
Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. There are benefits to each style. What’s essential is that you get some hearing protection that you feel comfortable wearing.
Tip 2: When Sound Gets Dangerous, be Aware of It
But how can you be sure when to wear hearing protection? Noise that is painful is usually considered harmful. But the truth is that noise can begin to damage your ears at a much lower level than you might expect. The sounds of traffic, for instance, are loud enough to begin 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 the typical level of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This level of sound becomes harmful after 15-20 minutes.
- 85 decibels (dB): This level of sound is dangerous after around two hours of exposure. Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both circumstances where you will find this volume of sound.
- Over 100 dB: This is where you can damage your hearing very rapidly. Anything over this limit can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. As an example, rock concerts and jet engines will damage your hearing in 30 seconds.
Tip 3: Make Your Phone Into a Sound Meter
Now that we have a general concept of what volume of sound could be hazardous, we can take some precautions to ensure we limit our exposure. But in day to day life, it can be challenging trying to determine what is too 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 live sound meter with you will help you evaluate everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a far better understanding of what harmful levels really sound like in your daily life.
Tip 4: Be Mindful of Your Volume Buttons
A smartphone with earbuds is normally the way people listen to music these days. This creates a risky situation for your hearing. Your hearing can be significantly harmed 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 control. You should never raise the volume in order to drown out noises somewhere else. And we suggest using apps or settings to make sure that your volume never accidentally 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 may find yourself constantly rising the volume of your earbuds, and in the process doing more damage to your hearing.
Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Tested
You might think of a hearing exam as something you schedule when your hearing has already started to decline. Without a standard to compare results to, it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears.
Acquiring data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can best be accomplished by scheduling a hearing exam and screening. This will give you some extra context for future hearing choices and ear protection.
Pay Attention to Your Hearing
It would be perfect if you could constantly protect your ears without any difficulty. But there will always be challenges. So protect your hearing when you can, as often as you can. Also, get routine hearing examinations. Hopefully, these guidelines will give you a good start.