Protecting your hearing is similar to eating right. It sounds smart, but not many of us have a good idea of where to start. This is especially true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be particularly noisy and there aren’t any apparent risks to your ears. But everyday life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so your auditory acuity can be preserved if you practice these tips.
The more you can do to delay the degeneration of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.
Tip 1: Hearing Protection You Can Wear
Using ear protection is the most sensible and basic way to safeguard your ears. This means that decreasing loud and harmful sound is a basic step you should take.
For most people, this will mean wearing hearing protection when it’s warranted. Hearing protection commonly 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. There are benefits to each type. Your choice of hearing protection should, most notably, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: When Sound Gets Dangerous, be Aware of It
But how can you be sure when to wear hearing protection? We’re used to associating dangerous noise with painful noise. But much lower volumes of sound can harm your ears than you might realize. After only a couple hours, as an example, the sounds of traffic are enough to injure your ears. Recognizing when sound becomes dangerous, then, is a vital step in safeguarding your hearing.
The following threshold is when sound becomes dangerous:
- Over 100 dB: Your hearing can be very rapidly injured by this. Damage is done in around thirty seconds with anything above this threshold. Rock concerts and jet engines, for instance, can damage your ears in around thirty seconds.
- 85 decibels (dB): This level of sound is dangerous 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 volume of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This level of sound becomes harmful after 15-20 minutes.
Tip 3: Make Your Phone Into a Sound Meter
We can take precautions to limit our exposure, now that we have a concept of what levels will be hazardous. But in everyday life, it can be tricky trying to gauge 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.
In order to get an idea of what harmful levels of noise really sound like, use your sound meter to confirm the decibel level of everything you are hearing.
Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Settings
Most people today listen to music via their phone or smart device, and they normally use earbuds while they do it. This sets up a dangerous scenario for your hearing. Your ears can be considerably harmed if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.
That’s why protecting your ears means keeping a sharp eye on your volume management. You should never increase the volume to drown out noises elsewhere. in order to make sure that volume doesn’t get too loud, we recommend using volume settings or app settings.
Earbud use can become a negative feedback loop if your hearing starts to decline; in order to compensate for your declining hearing, you could find yourself constantly rising the volume of your earbuds, and in the process doing more harm to your ears.
Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Checked
You may think of a hearing test as something you get when your hearing has already started to decline. Without a standard to compare results to, it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your ears.
Generating data that can be used for both diagnostic purposes and for treatment can be best accomplished by scheduling a hearing examination and screening. This will give you a little extra context for future hearing choices and ear protection.
Keep an Eye on Your Ears
In an ideal world, protecting your hearing would be something you could do constantly without any problem. But challenges are always going to be there. So safeguard your ears when you can, as often as you can. You should also get your hearing examined regularly. Put these suggestions into practice to improve your chances.