Safeguarding your hearing is much like eating the right way. It’s difficult to know where to start even though it sounds like a good idea. This is especially true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be especially noisy and there aren’t any apparent dangers to your ears. But everyday life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so doing these hearing protection tips can help safeguard your auditory acuity.
The more you can do to slow the degeneration of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.
Tip 1: Hearing Protection You Can Wear
Using hearing protection is the most practical and basic way to safeguard your ears. This means that diminishing loud and harmful sound is a basic step you need to take.
For many people, this will mean using ear protection when it’s needed. 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 benefits. Your choice of hearing protection should, most importantly, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: When Sound Gets Harmful, be Aware of It
But how can you tell when to use hearing protection? Noise that is painful is commonly 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, as an example, are loud enough to start injuring your hearing after only a couple of hours. An essential step in protecting your hearing, then, is knowing when sound becomes dangerous.
Usually sounds become harmful at the following levels:
- 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this volume of sound is damaging.Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both situations where you will find this volume of sound.
- Over 100 dB: Your ears can be very quickly injured by this. Injury is done in about thirty seconds with noises over this threshold. Jet engines and rock concerts, for example, can damage your hearing in about thirty seconds.
- 95-100 dB: This is about the noise level you’d expect from farm equipment or the normal volume of your earbuds. After about 15-20 minutes this volume of noise becomes hazardous.
Tip 3: Turn Your Phone Into a Sound Meter
Now that we have a basic understanding of what volume of sound may be dangerous, we can take some precautions to ensure we limit our exposure. But in everyday life, it can be tricky trying to measure what is 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 understanding of what dangerous levels actually sound like in your everyday life.
Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Settings
A smartphone with earbuds is commonly the way people listen to music these days. Your hearing is put in danger with this setup. Your hearing can be considerably damaged if you keep your earbuds too loud over a long period of time.
So keeping an eye on the volume control means protecting your ears. You should not increase the volume to drown out noises somewhere else. in order to make certain that volume doesn’t get too loud, we recommend using volume configurations or app settings.
If your hearing begins to decline, earbuds can become a negative feedback loop; you could find yourself constantly increasing the volume of your earbuds in order to compensate for your faltering hearing, and in the process doing more damage to your hearing.
Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Checked
You might think of a hearing test 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 identify a problem in your ears.
Creating data that can be used for both diagnostic purposes and for treatment can best be accomplished by scheduling a hearing exam and screening. This will give you some extra context for future hearing choices and ear protection.
Pay Attention to Your Hearing
In an ideal world, protecting your ears would be something you could do continuously without any difficulty. But challenges are always going to be there. So whenever you can and as often as possible, safeguard your ears. Also, get routine hearing exams. Hopefully, these tips will give you a good start.