Protecting your hearing is a lot like eating the right way. 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 very noisy and there aren’t any apparent risks to your ears. But everyday life can stress your ears and your senses, so practicing these hearing protection tips can help preserve your auditory acuity.
If you want to continue to enjoy the sounds around you, you should do everything you can to impede down the degeneration of your hearing.
Tip 1: Wearable Ear Protection
Using hearing protection is the most practical and basic way to safeguard your ears. This means that decreasing loud and harmful sound is a basic step you should take.
This means that when it’s needed most people will want to use ear protection. Two general forms of protection are available:
- Ear Plugs, which are put in the ear canal.
- Ear Muffs, which are put over the ears.
Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. Each style has its advantages. Your choice of hearing protection should, most importantly, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: Be Aware When Sound Becomes Dangerous
But how do you know when to use hearing protection? Noise that is painful is usually regarded as harmful. But honestly, noise can begin to damage your ears at a much lower level than you might expect. The sounds of traffic, for instance, are loud enough to start damaging your hearing after just a couple of hours. Knowing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a vital step in safeguarding your hearing.
The following threshold is when sound becomes harmful:
- 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this level of sound is damaging.Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both situations where you will find this level of sound.
- Over 100 dB: Your hearing can be very quickly injured by this. Anything over this limit can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. Jet engines and rock concerts, for example, can injure your hearing in about thirty seconds.
- 95-100 dB: This is about the noise level you’d get from farm equipment or the normal volume of your earbuds. After about 15-20 minutes this level of noise becomes dangerous.
Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter
We can take steps to limit our exposure, now that we have an idea of what levels will be dangerous. The trick is that, once you’re out in the real world, it can be hard to gauge what’s 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 measure everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a far better idea of what hazardous levels actually sound like in your day-to-day life.
Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Buttons
A smartphone with earbuds is normally the way people listen to music nowadays. This sets up a dangerous situation for your hearing. Your ears can be considerably damaged if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.
So keeping an eye on the volume control means protecting your hearing. In order to drown out sounds somewhere else, you should not increase the sound level. And we suggest using apps or settings to ensure that your volume doesn’t accidentally become dangerously high.
If your hearing begins to wane, earbuds can become a negative feedback loop; you could find yourself constantly raising the volume of your earbuds so that you can compensate for your declining hearing, and in the process doing more harm to your ears.
Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Tested
You may think of a hearing exam as something you get when your hearing has already begun to diminish. Without a baseline 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 purposes and for treatment can best be accomplished by scheduling a hearing test and screening. This will give you a little extra context for future hearing choices and ear protection.
Pay Attention to Your Hearing
It would be perfect if you could constantly protect your ears without any hassles. But challenges are always going to be there. So anytime you can and as often as possible, safeguard your hearing. Also, get regular hearing examinations. Put these suggestions into practice to improve your chances.