Safeguarding your hearing is similar to eating right. It’s hard to know where to begin even though it sounds like a good idea. This is especially true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be especially noisy and there aren’t any noticeable dangers to your ears. But everyday life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so your auditory acuity can be preserved if you apply these tips.
The more you can do to slow the impairment of your hearing, the longer you’ll be capable of enjoying the sounds around you.
Tip 1: Wearable Ear Protection
The most basic and practical way that you can safeguard your ears is to protect your ears. This means taking basic actions to reduce the amount of loud and harmful noises you’re exposed to.
This means that when it’s required most people will want to wear hearing protection. Two basic forms of protection are available:
- 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 positive aspects to each style. Your choice of hearing protection should, most importantly, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: Know When Sound Gets Dangerous
But how do you know when to wear hearing protection? We’re used to connecting harmful noise with painful noise. But honestly, noises can start to damage your ears at a much lower level than you might expect. After only a couple hours, for instance, the sounds of traffic are enough to damage your hearing. An essential step in protecting your hearing, then, is knowing when sound becomes dangerous.
The following threshold is when sound becomes hazardous:
- 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this level of sound is damaging.This is the volume of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
- Over 100 dB: Your ears can be very quickly injured by this. Anything over this threshold can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. For example, rock concerts and jet engines will injure your ears in 30 seconds.
- 95-100 dB: This is the typical volume of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This volume of sound becomes damaging after 15-20 minutes.
Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter
Now that we have a general idea of what volume of sound might be hazardous, we can take some steps to ensure we limit our exposure. But in real life, it can be difficult trying to determine what is 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.
Having a live sound meter with you will help you evaluate everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a much better understanding of what dangerous levels really sound like in your day-to-day life.
Tip 4: Keep Track of Your Volume Settings
Most people today listen to music using their phone or smart device, and they usually use earbuds while they do it. This creates a risky situation for your hearing. Your hearing can be considerably harmed if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.
So keeping an eye on the volume control means safeguarding your hearing. In order to drown out sounds somewhere else, you should never increase the sound level. in order to make sure that volume doesn’t get too loud, we recommend using volume configurations or app settings.
If your hearing begins to decline, earbuds can become something of a negative feedback loop; in order to make up for your declining hearing, you may find yourself continuously increasing the volume of your earbuds, and in the process doing more damage to your ears.
Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Tested
You may think that having a hearing test is something you do only when your hearing starts to wane. Without a standard to compare results to, it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your hearing.
Acquiring 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 ideal if you could always safeguard your hearing without any problems. But challenges are will always be there. So anytime you can and as often as possible, safeguard your hearing. Also, get regular hearing examinations. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.