Protecting your hearing is a lot like eating right. It’s hard to know where to begin even though it sounds like a good idea. This is particularly true if you don’t think your daily environment is especially noisy and there aren’t any obvious dangers to your ears. But your ears and senses can be stressed by daily living, so your auditory acuity can be preserved if you apply these tips.
The more you can do to slow down the impairment of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.
Tip 1: Wearable Hearing Protection
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.
For most people, this will mean wearing ear protection when it’s needed. Two basic forms of protection are available:
- Ear Muffs, which are put over the ears.
- Ear Plugs, which are placed in the ear canal.
Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. There are benefits to each style. What’s essential is that you get some hearing protection that you feel comfortable wearing.
Tip 2: Be Aware When Sound Gets Harmful
But how can you tell when to wear hearing protection? Noise that is painful is usually regarded as harmful. But honestly, sounds can start to damage your ears at a much lower level than you might expect. The sounds of traffic, for instance, are loud enough to begin damaging your hearing after just a couple of hours. Recognizing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a vital step in safeguarding your hearing.
The following threshold is when sound becomes dangerous:
- Over 100 dB: In this situation, you can damage your hearing very quickly. Anything over this limit can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. Jet engines and rock concerts, for instance, can damage your ears in about thirty seconds.
- 85 decibels (dB): This level of sound is hazardous after about two hours of exposure. This is the level of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
- 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d get from farm equipment or the typical volume of your earbuds. This level of sound becomes damaging after 15-20 minutes.
Tip 3: Make Your Phone Into a Sound Meter
We can take precautions to minimize our exposure, now that we have a concept of what volumes will be dangerous. The trick is that, once you’re out and about in the real world, it can be challenging to determine what’s too loud and what isn’t.
That’s where your smartphone can become 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 idea of what harmful levels actually sound like in your daily life.
Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Settings
A smartphone with earbuds is normally the way people listen to music nowadays. Your hearing is put at risk with this setup. Your ears can be considerably harmed if you keep your earbuds too loud over a long period of time.
That’s why safeguarding your ears means keeping a sharp eye on your volume management. In order to drown out sounds elsewhere, you should never raise the volume. in order to make certain that volume doesn’t get too high, we recommend using volume configurations or app settings.
Earbud use can become a negative feedback loop if your hearing begins to decline; in order to make up for your declining hearing, you could find yourself continuously increasing the volume of your earbuds, and in the process doing more damage to your ears.
Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Tested
You might think that having a hearing test is something you do only when your hearing begins to decline. The issue is that it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your hearing without a baseline to compare results to.
Generating data that can be used for both diagnostic purposes and for treatment can best be accomplished by scheduling a hearing examination 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 constantly protect your ears without any problems. But challenges are always going to be there. So anytime you can and as often as possible, safeguard your hearing. You should also have your hearing tested regularly. Hopefully, these guidelines will help you get a good start.