Protecting your hearing is similar to eating right. It sounds good, but not many of us have a good concept of where to begin. If there aren’t any apparent noise dangers and you don’t think your environment is particularly noisy, this is especially true. But your ears and senses can be stressed by everyday living, so doing these hearing protection techniques can help maintain your auditory acuity.
The more you can do to delay the impairment of your hearing, the longer you’ll be capable of enjoying the sounds around you.
Tip 1: Hearing Protection You Can Wear
The most basic and sensible 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 subjected to.
For most people, this will mean wearing hearing protection when it’s warranted. Two basic forms of protection are available:
- Ear Muffs, which are placed over the ears.
- Ear Plugs, which are put in the ear canal.
Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. There are advantages to each type. Your choice of hearing protection should, most importantly, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: Be Aware When Sound Gets Dangerous
But how do you know when to wear hearing protection? We’re used to linking harmful noise with painful noise. But in reality, noises can start to damage your hearing at a much lower volume than you might anticipate. The sounds of traffic, for example, are loud enough to start injuring your hearing after just a couple of hours. An important step in protecting your hearing, then, is knowing when sound becomes dangerous.
Generally sounds become dangerous at the following thresholds:
- Over 100 dB: Your hearing can be very quickly injured by this. Injury is done in around thirty seconds with noises above this threshold. For instance, jet engines and rock concerts will damage your ears in 30 seconds.
- 85 decibels (dB): This volume of sound is hazardous after about two hours of exposure. Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both situations where you will find this level of sound.
- 95-100 dB: This is the normal level of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. After around 15-20 minutes this level of sound becomes harmful.
Tip 3: Your Phone Can Become a Sound Meter
We can take steps to minimize our exposure, now that we have a concept of what levels will be dangerous. But in day to day life, it can be challenging trying to determine what is 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 evaluate everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a much better idea of what harmful levels really sound like in your daily life.
Tip 4: Keep Track of Your Volume Buttons
The majority of people today listen to music via their phone or smart device, and they usually use earbuds while they do it. This sets up a dangerous scenario for your hearing. Over years of use, earbuds set to a sufficiently high level can cause considerable damage to your hearing.
That’s why protecting your ears means keeping a focused eye on your volume control. You should not increase the volume in order to drown out sounds somewhere else. in order to make sure that volume doesn’t get too high, we suggest using volume configurations or app settings.
Earbud use can become something of a negative feedback loop if your hearing begins to wane; you could find yourself consistently increasing the volume of your earbuds so that you can make up for your declining hearing, doing more damage to your ears in the process.
Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Tested
You might think that getting a hearing exam is something you do only when your hearing begins to wane. The difficulty is that it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your hearing without a standard to compare results to.
Generating data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can best be achieved by scheduling a hearing exam and screening. This will give you some extra context for future hearing decisions and ear protection.
Pay Attention to Your Hearing
It would be ideal if you could constantly protect your ears without any hassles. But there will always be difficulties. So protect your ears when you can, as often as possible. Also, get routine hearing examinations. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.