Safeguarding your hearing is a lot like eating the right way. It’s difficult to know where to start even though it sounds like a smart idea. If there aren’t any apparent noise dangers and you don’t consider your daily environment to be particularly noisy, this is especially true. But your ears and senses can be stressed by everyday living, so your auditory acuity can be maintained if you practice these tips.
The more you can do to delay the deterioration of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.
Tip 1: Hearing Protection You Can Wear
The most basic and sensible way that you can safeguard your ears is to protect your ears. This means taking basic steps to reduce the amount of loud and harmful noises you’re subjected to.
For most people, this will mean wearing hearing 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 positive aspects. Your choice of hearing protection should, most notably, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: Be Aware When Sound Gets Dangerous
But how do you know when to use hearing protection? We’re used to associating dangerous noise with painful noise. But much lower volumes of sound can damage your ears than you might realize. After just a couple hours, for instance, the sounds of traffic are enough to damage your hearing. A vital step in protecting your hearing, then, is knowing when sound becomes harmful.
Usually sounds become dangerous at the following thresholds:
- 95-100 dB: This is the typical level of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This volume of noise becomes harmful after 15-20 minutes.
- Over 100 dB: Your hearing can be very quickly injured by this. Injury is done in around thirty seconds with anything over this threshold. As an example, jet engines and rock concerts will injure your ears in 30 seconds.
- 85 decibels (dB): This volume of sound is hazardous after about two hours of exposure. Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both circumstances where you will find this level of sound.
Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter
Now that we have a basic idea of what levels of sound could be dangerous, we can take some precautions to ensure we minimize our exposure. The trick is that, once you’re out in the real world, it can be difficult to gauge 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 harmful levels really sound like in your daily life.
Tip 4: Keep Track of Your Volume Buttons
A smartphone with earbuds is normally the way people listen to music nowadays. Your hearing is put at risk with this combination. Your hearing can be significantly damaged if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.
That’s why safeguarding your hearing means keeping a sharp eye on your volume management. In order to drown out noises elsewhere, you should not raise the volume. in order to make sure that volume doesn’t get too high, we suggest using volume configurations or app settings.
If your hearing begins to wane, earbuds can become a negative feedback loop; you could find yourself consistently raising the volume of your earbuds in order to compensate for your declining hearing, doing more damage to your ears in the process.
Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Tested
You might think that getting a hearing test is something you do only when your hearing begins to decline. Without a baseline to compare results to, it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears.
Generating data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can best be achieved by scheduling a hearing examination and screening. This will give you a little extra context for future hearing choices and ear protection.
Keep an Eye on Your Hearing
It would be ideal if you could always protect your ears without any problems. But there will always be difficulties. So whenever you can and as often as possible, safeguard your ears. You should also have your ears tested regularly. Hopefully, these guidelines will help you get a good start.