Eating right and protecting your hearing have some similarities. It’s difficult to know where to begin even though it sounds like a good idea. If there aren’t any obvious noise risks and you don’t think your environment is especially loud, this is especially true. But your ears and senses can be stressed by everyday living, so doing these hearing protection techniques can help safeguard your auditory acuity.
If you want to continue to enjoy the sounds around you, you need to do everything you can to slow down the degeneration of your hearing.
Tip 1: Wearable Hearing Protection
Using ear protection is the most sensible and basic way to safeguard your ears. This means that reducing loud and dangerous sound is a basic step you need to take.
For many people, this will mean utilizing ear protection when it’s required. Two general forms of protection are available:
- Ear Plugs, which are put in the ear canal.
- Ear Muffs, which are placed over the ears.
Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. Each style has its benefits. What’s essential is that you get some hearing protection that you feel comfortable with.
Tip 2: When Sound Gets Dangerous, be Aware of It
But how can you be sure when to use hearing protection? Noise that is painful is commonly regarded as harmful. But much lower levels of sound can harm your ears than you might think. After just a couple hours, as an example, the sounds of traffic are enough to injure your ears. An essential step in protecting your hearing, then, is knowing when sound becomes harmful.
Generally sounds become dangerous at the following levels:
- Over 100 dB: This is where you can injure your hearing very rapidly. Anything over this limit can damage your hearing in minutes or seconds. For example, rock concerts and jet engines will injure your hearing in 30 seconds.
- 95-100 dB: This is the normal volume of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This level of noise becomes harmful after 15-20 minutes.
- 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this level of sound is hazardous.Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both circumstances where you will find this level of sound.
Tip 3: Your Phone Can Be a Sound Meter
We can take steps to limit 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 hard to gauge what’s 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 far better understanding of what harmful levels actually sound like in your day-to-day life.
Tip 4: Monitor Your Volume Settings
Most people today listen to music using their phone or smart device, and they normally use earbuds while they do it. This creates a dangerous situation for your hearing. Over time, earbuds set to a substantially high level can cause considerable injury to your ears.
That’s why protecting your hearing means keeping a focused eye on your volume management. You should never increase the volume in order to drown out sounds elsewhere. And we suggest using apps or settings to make sure that your volume doesn’t unintentionally become hazardously high.
If your hearing begins to wane, earbuds can become something of a negative feedback loop; in order to make up for your declining hearing, you may find yourself continuously increasing the volume of your earbuds, and in the process doing more damage to your ears.
Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Examined
You might think of a hearing exam as something you get when your hearing has already begun to decline. The issue is that it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears without a standard to compare results to.
Scheduling a hearing screening or exam is a great way to obtain data that can be used for both treatment and analytic purposes, making certain that all of your future hearing (and hearing protection) choices have some added context and information.
Pay Attention to Your Hearing
In a perfect world, protecting your hearing would be something you could do continuously without any problem. But challenges are will always be there. So anytime you can and as often as possible, protect your ears. You should also get your ears examined routinely. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.