Protect Your Hearing With These 5 Tips

Worker sitting on a folding chair wearing a red plaid shirt and work overalls getting ready to put protective headphones on.

Your sense of hearing is important in your life and when you lose it, there will be no natural way of getting it back. But strangely, the general public tends to neglect hearing loss. In the US alone, one in eight people over the age of 12 is dealing with neglected and permanent hearing loss.

Protecting your hearing from the beginning is the best and easiest way to prevent hearing loss, but if you currently have hearing loss you can get much of your hearing back with a hearing aid.

Here are five simple ways that you can safeguard your hearing:

Don’t use earbuds

Earbuds are one of the biggest perils to hearing health today since they’ve come as an accessory to most mobile devices going back to the first MP3 players in the early 2000s. These little devices fit snugly into the ear canal and pump sound directly into the inner ear and most smartphones included them. You can get irreversible hearing damage by listening to music or a movie on your mobile device at maximum volume for just 15 minutes. The better option would be to buy a set of earmuff-style headphones that go over your ears, which is made even better if you can find a pair that has noise-canceling technology. No matter what sound devices you use, you should stick to the 60/60 rule – keep the volume at 60% maximum and only use the devices for 60 minutes per day.

Lower the volume

Earbuds don’t generate the only sounds that can damage your hearing. If you regularly listen to the TV or radio at high volumes over prolonged periods, your hearing can also be damaged. Shooting ranges, concerts, construction zone, and other noisy settings should be avoided. Steering clear of these situations may only happen in a perfect world, particularly if you’re a construction worker or a musician. If that’s the case, then you’ll want to take note of the next item on the list.

Utilize hearing protection

If you have hobbies or work in a loud setting, it’s essential that you use hearing protection. 85 decibels over a period of 15 minutes is enough to cause hearing loss. Compare that to the following:

  • Jackhammers at a construction site generate 130 decibels, which could take their toll after a 40-hour workweek
  • Most concerts are between 100 and 120 decibels with headliners commonly playing for around an hour and 20 minutes
  • The average firearm discharge clocks in at 149 decibels, which is multiplied and amplified over the course of a one hour trip to an indoor shooting range

If you take part in any of these activities, you need to get a good set of earmuffs or earplugs.

Take auditory breaks

Sometimes giving your ears a rest is the smartest thing you can do. If you engaged in any of the activities listed above, you really should make certain to take some quiet time for yourself so your ears can rest and recuperate, even if you were wearing ear protection. That means, you probably shouldn’t get into your car and begin blaring loud music right after you come out of a 3-hour concert.

Check your medicine

Your medicine may actually have a substantial effect on your hearing. There are some medicines that have been proven to cause hearing loss including some heart and cancer medications, aspirin, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medication. Luckily, medication related hearing loss usually only happens when more than one of these medications are taken together making it far less common.

Are you suffering from hearing loss and want to seek out new treatment? Make an appointment with us for a hearing assessment.

Resources

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/how_does_loud_noise_cause_hearing_loss.html
https://armeddefense.org/hearing-protection
https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/tf3092

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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