Safeguarding your hearing is much like eating the right way. It sounds good, but not many of us have a good idea of where to start. This is particularly true if you don’t think your daily environment is especially noisy and there aren’t any obvious risks to your ears. But your ears and senses can be stressed by day-to-day living, so doing these hearing protection tips can help safeguard your auditory acuity.
If you want to keep enjoying the sounds around you, you need to do everything you can to slow down the degeneration of your hearing.
Tip 1: Hearing Protection You Can Wear
Using ear protection is the most practical and basic way to safeguard your ears. This means that lessening loud and dangerous sound is a basic step you should take.
For many people, this will mean utilizing hearing protection when it’s required. Hearing protection generally comes in two basic forms:
- Ear Muffs, which are put over the ears.
- Ear Plugs, which are put in the ear canal.
Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. There are benefits to each style. Your choice of hearing protection should, most importantly, feel comfortable.
Tip 2: Be Aware When Sound Gets Dangerous
But how can you tell when to use hearing protection? We’re used to associating dangerous noise with painful noise. But the truth is that sounds can start to damage your hearing at a much lower volume than you might expect. The sounds of traffic, as an example, are loud enough to start damaging your hearing after just a couple of hours. Recognizing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a vital step in safeguarding your hearing.
Usually sounds become harmful at the following thresholds:
- 85 decibels (dB): After around two hours this level of sound is hazardous.This is the volume of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
- Over 100 dB: Your ears can be very quickly damaged by this. Anything above this limit can damage your hearing in minutes or seconds. For instance, rock concerts and jet engines will injure your hearing in 30 seconds.
- 95-100 dB: This is the typical level of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This volume of sound becomes harmful after 15-20 minutes.
Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter
We can take steps to minimize our exposure, now that we have a concept of what levels will be hazardous. 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. Sound meter apps exist for every type of smartphone.
Having a live sound meter with you will help you measure everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a far better concept of what harmful levels really sound like in your daily life.
Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Settings
A smartphone with earbuds is commonly the way people listen to music nowadays. This creates a dangerous situation for your hearing. Over years of use, earbuds set to a sufficiently high volume can cause considerable damage to your hearing.
Somonitoring the volume control means protecting your hearing. You should never increase the volume in order to drown out noises elsewhere. in order to make sure that volume doesn’t get too high, we recommend using volume configurations or app settings.
Earbud use can become something of a negative feedback loop if your hearing starts to decline; you could find yourself constantly raising the volume of your earbuds so that you can make up for your faltering hearing, doing more damage to your ears in the process.
Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Tested
You may think of a hearing test as something you get when your hearing has already started to diminish. The difficulty is that it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your ears without a standard to compare results to.
Scheduling a hearing screening or exam is a great way to generate data that can be used for both treatment and analytic purposes, ensuring that all of your future hearing (and hearing protection) decisions have a little bit of added context and information.
Pay Attention to Your Hearing
It would be perfect if you could continuously protect your hearing without any difficulty. But there are always going to be difficulties. So safeguard your ears when you can, as often as possible. You should also get your hearing examined regularly. Hopefully, these guidelines will give you a good start.