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 essential in your life and when you lose it, there will be no natural way of getting it back. But curiously, the general public tends to neglect hearing loss. In fact, permanent hearing loss affects one out of eight people (about 30 million people) over the age of 12 in the United States alone.

Protecting your hearing from the start is the best and simplest way to prevent hearing loss, but if you currently have hearing loss you can recover much of your hearing with a hearing aid.

Here are five easy ways that you can protect your hearing:

Don’t use earbuds

Earbuds have been a mobile device accessory since the early 2000s and are one of the greatest threats to hearing. These little devices fit snugly into the ear canal and pump sound straight into the inner ear and most smartphones come with them. Listening to music or a movie on your mobile device at maximum volume for just 15 minutes can result in permanent hearing loss. Over the ear style headphones, especially the ones with noise canceling technology, would be a better choice. Sticking to the 60/60 rule, which suggests a maximum volume of 60% for no more than 60 minutes a day, is another safety measure to protect your hearing.

Keep your volume low

Your hearing can be damaged by other things besides earbuds. If you routinely listen to the TV or radio at high volumes over sustained periods, your hearing can also be harmed. You’ll also want to steer clear of situations where loud sounds are constant, like construction zones, concerts, and shooting ranges. Steering clear of these scenarios may only be possible in a perfect world, particularly if you’re a construction worker or a musician. The next item on the list will be important if you’re in this situation.

Utilize hearing protection

Hearing protection is crucial if you work in an environment or enjoy hobbies that expose you to loud sounds. Hearing loss can happen in just 15 minutes at 85 decibels. To put that in perspective:

  • The noise of a construction site can be above 130 decibels and many workers spend 40 or more hours every week there
  • At the majority of concerts the headlining band plays for up to two hours at well over 120 decibels
  • The average gunshot clocks in at 149 decibels, which is multiplied and amplified over the course of a one hour trip to an indoor gun range

If you take part in any of these activities, you need to invest in 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 should make sure to take some quiet time for yourself so your ears can rest and recover, even if you were wearing hearing protection. So after you leave a concert, you probably shouldn’t jump into your car and crank music.

Check your medicine

Your medicine may actually have a significant effect on your hearing. Aspirin, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and certain heart and cancer medications have all been proven to trigger hearing loss. The good news is that medication-related hearing loss isn’t common and is more likely if you take two or more of those medications at the same time making it easier to prevent.

Are you suffering from hearing loss and want to seek out new treatment? Contact us today to set up a consultation.

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

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