Protecting your hearing is much like eating right. It’s difficult to know where to start even though it sounds like a smart idea. This is particularly true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be particularly noisy and there aren’t any noticeable risks to your ears. But everyday life can stress your ears and your senses, so your auditory acuity can be maintained if you practice these tips.
The more you can do to delay the impairment of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.
Tip 1: Ear Protection You Can Wear
Using ear protection is the most sensible and basic way to safeguard your ears. This means that lessening loud and dangerous sound is a basic step you should take.
This means that when it’s required most people will want to wear ear protection. Two general 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 benefits to each style. What’s significant is that you pick some hearing protection that you feel comfortable wearing.
Tip 2: Know When Sound Becomes Harmful
But how can you tell when to use hearing protection? Noise that is painful is normally considered harmful. But in reality, noise 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 damaging your hearing after only a couple of hours. An important step in protecting your hearing, then, is recognizing when sound becomes harmful.
Usually sounds become harmful at the following thresholds:
- 85 decibels (dB): This level of sound is hazardous after roughly two hours of exposure. Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both situations where you will find this volume of sound.
- Over 100 dB: This is where you can injure your hearing very rapidly. Anything over this limit can damage your hearing in minutes or seconds. For example, jet engines and rock concerts will injure your ears in 30 seconds.
- 95-100 dB: This is the typical level of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This volume of noise becomes damaging after 15-20 minutes.
Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter
Now that we have a general idea of what levels of sound may be dangerous, we can take some precautions to make sure we limit our exposure. The trick is that, once you’re out in the real world, it can be difficult to determine 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.
Having a dynamic sound meter with you will help you evaluate everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a far better concept of what dangerous levels actually sound like in your everyday life.
Tip 4: Be Mindful of 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. Your hearing is put in danger with this combination. Your ears can be considerably damaged if you keep your earbuds too loud over a long period of time.
Somonitoring the volume control means protecting your ears. In order to drown out noises elsewhere, you should never raise 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 compensate for your faltering hearing, you may find yourself continuously rising the volume of your earbuds, doing more damage to your ears in the process.
Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Tested
You might think that getting 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 identify a problem in your ears.
Generating data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can be best achieved by scheduling a hearing examination and screening. This will give you some extra context for future hearing choices and ear protection.
Keep an Eye on Your Hearing
It would be perfect if you could constantly protect your ears without any difficulty. But there will always be obstacles. So safeguard your hearing when you can, as often as you can. Also, get regular hearing examinations. Hopefully, these tips will help you get a good start.