Safeguarding your hearing is a lot like eating the right way. It’s difficult to know where to begin 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 noticeable dangers to your ears. But your ears and senses can be stressed by day-to-day living, so practicing these hearing protection tips can help preserve your auditory acuity.
If you want to keep enjoying the sounds around you, you need to do everything you can to slow down the impairment of your hearing.
Tip 1: Ear Protection You Can Wear
The most basic and practical way that you can safeguard your ears is to protect your ears. This means taking basic steps to diminish the amount of loud and harmful noises you’re subjected to.
For most people, this will mean using hearing protection when it’s warranted. Hearing protection normally 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 positive aspects. Your choice of hearing protection should, most notably, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: When Sound Gets Dangerous, be Aware of It
The following threshold is when sound becomes harmful:
- 95-100 dB: This is the normal volume of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. After about 15-20 minutes this volume of sound becomes dangerous.
- 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this level of sound is harmful.Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both scenarios where you will find this volume of sound.
- Over 100 dB: Your hearing can be very quickly damaged by this. Anything over this limit can damage your hearing in minutes or seconds. Jet engines and rock concerts, for instance, can injure your hearing in around thirty seconds.
Tip 3: Your Phone Can Be 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 and about 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. 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 much better idea of what dangerous levels actually sound like in your daily life.
Tip 4: Keep Track of Your Volume Settings
A smartphone with earbuds is commonly the way people listen to music nowadays. This creates a dangerous situation for your hearing. Over years of use, earbuds set to a sufficiently high volume can cause considerable damage to your hearing.
So keeping an eye on the volume control means safeguarding your ears. In order to drown out noises somewhere else, you should never increase the sound level. And we recommend using apps or settings to make sure that your volume doesn’t accidentally become dangerously high.
If your hearing begins to wane, earbuds can become something of a negative feedback loop; you could find yourself constantly raising the volume of your earbuds in order to make up for your faltering hearing, and in the process doing more damage to your hearing.
Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Checked
You may think that having a hearing exam is something you do only when your hearing begins to wane. Without a baseline to compare results to, it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your hearing.
Generating data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can be best accomplished 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 continuously safeguard your hearing without any difficulty. But there will always be obstacles. So whenever you can and as often as possible, safeguard your ears. You should also get your ears tested regularly. Hopefully, these tips will help you get a good start.