Eating right and safeguarding your hearing have some parallels. It sounds smart, but not many of us have a good concept of where to begin. This is particularly true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be particularly noisy and there aren’t any noticeable dangers to your ears. But day-to-day life can stress your ears and your senses, so practicing these hearing protection tips can help preserve 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
Using hearing protection is the most sensible and simple way to safeguard your hearing. This means taking basic steps to minimize the amount of loud and harmful noises you’re exposed to.
This means that when it’s called for most people will want to use hearing protection. Two general forms of protection are available:
- 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. Each style has its benefits. Your choice of hearing protection should, most importantly, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: When Sound Gets Harmful, be Aware of It
But how can you be sure when to wear hearing protection? We’re used to linking dangerous noise with painful noise. But much lower levels of sound can damage your ears than you might think. After only a couple hours, as an example, the sounds of traffic are enough to injure your hearing. Recognizing when sound becomes dangerous, then, is a necessary step in protecting your hearing.
Typically sounds become dangerous at the following thresholds:
- 85 decibels (dB): This volume of sound is dangerous after roughly two hours of exposure. This is the volume of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
- Over 100 dB: In this situation, you can damage your hearing very rapidly. Damage is done in around thirty seconds with sounds over this limit. Rock concerts and jet engines, for example, can damage your ears in about thirty seconds.
- 95-100 dB: This is the normal volume of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. After about 15-20 minutes this volume of sound becomes harmful.
Tip 3: Turn Your Phone Into a Sound Meter
We can take steps to minimize our exposure, now that we have an idea of what levels will be harmful. The trick is that, once you’re out and about in the real world, it can be challenging to measure what’s too loud and what isn’t.
That’s where your smartphone can become 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 understanding of what dangerous levels of noise actually sound like, use your sound meter to confirm the decibel level of everything you are hearing.
Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Buttons
Most people these days listen to music using their phone or smart device, and they usually use earbuds while they do it. This creates a risky scenario for your hearing. Over years of use, earbuds set to a sufficiently high level can cause significant damage to your hearing.
That’s why protecting your hearing means keeping a focused eye on your volume management. You should not increase the volume to drown out sounds somewhere else. in order to make certain that volume doesn’t get too loud, we suggest using volume configurations or app settings.
Earbud use can become something of a negative feedback loop if your hearing begins to wane; in order to compensate for your faltering hearing, you may find yourself constantly increasing the volume of your earbuds, doing more harm to your ears in the process.
Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Checked
You may think that getting a hearing exam is something you do only when your hearing begins to decline. Without a baseline to compare results to, it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your ears.
Scheduling a hearing screening or exam is a good way to generate data that can be used for both treatment and diagnostic purposes, ensuring that all of your future hearing (and hearing protection) decisions have some added context and information.
Keep an Eye on Your Ears
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 you can. Also, get regular hearing exams. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.