Woman protects her hearing with ear muffs while doing yardwork.

Eating right and safeguarding your hearing have some similarities. It’s hard to know where to start even though it sounds like a good idea. If there aren’t any apparent noise risks and you don’t think your environment is very loud, this is especially true. But your ears and senses can be stressed by daily living, so practicing these hearing protection techniques can help maintain your auditory acuity.

The more you can do to delay the degeneration of your hearing, the longer you’ll be capable of enjoying the sounds around you.

Tip 1: Wearable Ear Protection

The most simple and practical way that you can safeguard your ears is to protect your ears. This means that decreasing 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 type. What’s essential is that you find some hearing protection that you feel comfortable with.

Tip 2: Know When Sound Becomes Dangerous

But when to use hearing protection is the question. We’re used to linking dangerous noise with painful noise. But honestly, noise can begin to damage your hearing at a much lower level than you might expect. The sounds of traffic, as an example, are loud enough to start damaging your hearing after just a couple of hours. Knowing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a vital step in protecting your hearing.

Typically sounds become dangerous at the following thresholds:

  • Over 100 dB: Your hearing can be very quickly injured by this. Anything over this limit can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. Jet engines and rock concerts, for instance, can injure your ears in around thirty seconds.
  • 95-100 dB: This is the normal volume of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This volume of noise becomes harmful after 15-20 minutes.
  • 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.

Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter

We can take steps to minimize our exposure, now that we have an idea of what volumes will be dangerous. But in day to day life, it can be tricky trying to gauge 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 live 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 daily life.

Tip 4: Monitor Your Volume Buttons

The majority of people these days listen to music via their phone or smart device, and they normally use earbuds while they do it. Your hearing is put in danger with this setup. Your ears can be significantly harmed if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.

That’s why protecting your ears means keeping a focused eye on your volume control. You should not raise the volume in order to drown out noises somewhere else. And we suggest using apps or settings to ensure that your volume never accidentally become hazardously high.

Earbud use can become a negative feedback loop if your hearing begins to wane; in order to make up for your faltering hearing, you may find yourself constantly rising the volume of your earbuds, doing more harm to your ears in the process.

Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Checked

You might think that getting a hearing exam is something you do only when your hearing starts to diminish. Without a standard to compare results to, it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your ears.

Creating data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can be best achieved by scheduling a hearing test 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 safeguard your hearing without any hassles. But there will always be challenges. So whenever you can and as often as possible, protect your ears. Also, get routine hearing examinations. Hopefully, these guidelines will give you a good start.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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