Woman protects her hearing with ear muffs while doing yardwork.

Eating right and safeguarding your hearing have some parallels. It’s hard to know where to begin even though it sounds like a smart idea. This is particularly true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be especially noisy and there aren’t any noticeable risks to your ears. But everyday life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so your auditory acuity can be maintained if you practice these tips.

If you want to continue to enjoy the sounds around you, you should do everything you can to impede down the deterioration of your hearing.

Tip 1: Wearable Ear Protection

Using hearing protection is the most sensible and simple way to safeguard your ears. This means taking basic actions to reduce the amount of loud and harmful noises you’re subjected to.

This means that when it’s needed most people will want to use hearing protection. Two basic forms of protection are available:

  • Ear Muffs, which are placed over the ears.
  • Ear Plugs, which are placed in the ear canal.

Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. Each type has its benefits. What’s essential is that you get some hearing protection that you feel comfortable wearing.

Tip 2: When Sound Becomes Dangerous, be Aware of It

But when to use hearing protection is the question. We’re used to associating harmful noise with painful noise. But in reality, noises can start to damage your ears at a much lower volume than you might anticipate. After only a couple hours, for example, the sounds of traffic are enough to damage your ears. Knowing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a necessary step in protecting your hearing.

The following threshold is when sound becomes hazardous:

  • 95-100 dB: This is the typical volume of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. After around 15-20 minutes this level of noise becomes dangerous.
  • Over 100 dB: This is where you can injure your hearing very quickly. Injury is done in about thirty seconds with anything above this limit. For instance, rock concerts and jet engines will damage your ears in 30 seconds.
  • 85 decibels (dB): This level of sound is hazardous after roughly two hours of exposure. Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both situations where you will find this level of sound.

Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter

Now that we have a basic concept of what levels of noise may be hazardous, we can take some steps to make sure we minimize our exposure. But in everyday life, it can be challenging trying to determine what is too loud and what isn’t.

That’s where your smartphone can become 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.

In order to get an understanding of what dangerous levels of noise actually sound like, use your sound meter to check the decibel level of everything you are hearing.

Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Buttons

A smartphone with earbuds is commonly the way people listen to music nowadays. Your hearing is put in danger with this setup. Over time, earbuds set to a sufficiently high volume can cause significant injury to your hearing.

That’s why safeguarding your hearing means keeping a focused eye on your volume control. In order to drown out noises elsewhere, you should not increase the volume. in order to make certain that volume doesn’t get too loud, we suggest using volume configurations or app settings.

Earbud use can become a negative feedback loop if your hearing begins to decline; you could find yourself constantly increasing the volume of your earbuds so that you can compensate for your faltering hearing, doing more harm to your ears in the process.

Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Examined

You might think of a hearing test as something you schedule when your hearing has already begun to diminish. Without a standard to compare results to, it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears.

Acquiring data that can be used for both diagnostic purposes and for treatment can be best accomplished by scheduling a hearing exam and screening. This will give you a little extra context for future hearing decisions and ear protection.

Keep an Eye on Your Hearing

In an ideal world, protecting your hearing would be something you could do continuously without any problem. But there are always going to be challenges. So whenever you can and as often as possible, protect your ears. Also, get routine hearing exams. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.

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