Protecting 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 noticeable noise risks and you don’t consider your daily environment to be very noisy, this is especially true. But daily life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so practicing these hearing protection tips can help maintain your auditory acuity.
The more you can do to slow down the deterioration of your hearing, the longer you’ll be capable of enjoying the sounds around you.
Tip 1: Wearable Hearing Protection
The most basic and practical way that you can safeguard your ears is to protect your ears. This means that lessening loud and dangerous sound is a basic step you should take.
This means that when it’s warranted most people will want to wear hearing protection. Hearing protection commonly comes in two basic forms:
- 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 type has its benefits. Your choice of hearing protection should, most notably, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: When Sound Gets Dangerous, be Aware of It
But how do you know when to wear hearing protection? Noise that is painful is normally considered harmful. But much lower volumes of sound can harm your ears than you might realize. The sounds of traffic, for example, are loud enough to start damaging your hearing after only a couple of hours. An important step in safeguarding your hearing, then, is recognizing when sound becomes harmful.
The following threshold is when sound becomes harmful:
- Over 100 dB: Your ears can be very rapidly injured by this. Anything over this threshold can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. Rock concerts and jet engines, for example, can damage your ears in about thirty seconds.
- 85 decibels (dB): This volume of sound is harmful after around two hours of exposure. Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both scenarios where you will find this level of sound.
- 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d expect from farm equipment or the normal volume of your earbuds. After around 15-20 minutes this volume of sound becomes hazardous.
Tip 3: Your Phone Can Become a Sound Meter
We can take precautions 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 difficult to measure what’s too 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 evaluate everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a much better concept of what harmful levels really sound like in your daily life.
Tip 4: Monitor 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 scenario for your hearing. Your hearing 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 safeguarding your hearing. In order to drown out noises somewhere else, you should never raise the sound level. in order to make certain that volume doesn’t get too high, we suggest using volume configurations or app settings.
Earbud use can become something of a negative feedback loop if your hearing begins to decline; you could find yourself consistently raising the volume of your earbuds so that you can make up for your faltering hearing, doing more damage to your ears in the process.
Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Tested
You may think of a hearing test as something you get when your hearing has already begun to diminish. The issue is that it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your hearing without a standard to compare results to.
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 a little extra context for future hearing decisions and ear protection.
Pay Attention to Your Hearing
In an ideal world, protecting your hearing would be something you could do constantly without any difficulty. But challenges are always going to be there. So protect your hearing when you can, as often as possible. Also, get regular hearing exams. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.