Safeguarding your hearing is a lot like eating the right way. It’s hard to know where to start even though it sounds like a smart idea. If there aren’t any obvious noise dangers and you don’t consider your daily environment to be very noisy, this is especially true. But your ears and senses can be stressed by everyday living, so practicing these hearing protection tips can help preserve your auditory acuity.
If you want to continue to enjoy the sounds around you, you need to do everything you can to slow down the deterioration of your hearing.
Tip 1: Ear Protection You Can Wear
The most simple and practical way that you can safeguard your ears is to protect your ears. This means that reducing loud and harmful sound is a basic step you should take.
This means that when it’s required most people will want to wear hearing protection. Hearing protection commonly comes in two basic forms:
- Ear Plugs, which are placed in the ear canal.
- Ear Muffs, which are placed over the ears.
Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. Each type has its benefits. What’s significant is that you get some hearing protection that you feel comfortable with.
Tip 2: When Sound Becomes Harmful, be Aware of It
But how can you tell when to wear hearing protection? Noise that is painful is commonly regarded as harmful. But the truth is that sounds can start 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 injuring your hearing after only a couple of hours. Knowing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a necessary step in protecting your hearing.
Usually sounds become dangerous at the following levels:
- Over 100 dB: This is where you can injure your hearing very quickly. Anything above this threshold can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. For example, jet engines and rock concerts will injure your hearing in 30 seconds.
- 85 decibels (dB): After around two hours this level of sound is dangerous.This is the volume of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
- 95-100 dB: This is the typical level of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. After about 15-20 minutes this level of noise becomes dangerous.
Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter
Now that we have a general understanding of what levels of sound may be dangerous, we can take some steps to ensure we minimize our exposure. The trick is that, once you’re out in the real world, it can be hard to measure what’s 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.
Having a dynamic sound meter with you will help you measure everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a far better understanding of what dangerous levels actually sound like in your daily life.
Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Buttons
A smartphone with earbuds is commonly the way people listen to music nowadays. This creates a risky scenario for your hearing. Your hearing can be considerably harmed if you keep your earbuds too loud over a long period of time.
Somonitoring the volume control means protecting your hearing. You should not raise the volume to drown out sounds elsewhere. And we suggest using apps or configurations to make sure that your volume doesn’t unintentionally become hazardously high.
Earbud use can become something of a negative feedback loop if your hearing begins to wane; you could find yourself constantly raising the volume of your earbuds so that you can make up for your declining hearing, and in the process doing more harm to your hearing.
Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Tested
You might think of a hearing exam as something you schedule when your hearing has already begun to decline. The problem is that it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your hearing without a baseline to compare results to.
Creating data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can best be 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 always protect your hearing without any hassles. But there are always going to be obstacles. So protect your ears when you can, as often as possible. Also, get regular hearing exams. Hopefully, these guidelines will help you get a good start.