Woman protects her hearing with ear muffs while doing yardwork.

Eating right and safeguarding your hearing have some parallels. It sounds good, but not many of us have a very good concept of where to start. If there aren’t any obvious noise dangers and you don’t think your environment is particularly loud, this is especially true. But your ears and senses can be stressed by day-to-day living, so your auditory acuity can be preserved if you practice these tips.

The more you can do to slow the degeneration of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.

Tip 1: Ear Protection You Can Wear

The most basic and sensible way that you can safeguard your ears is to protect your ears. This means that lessening loud and harmful sound is a basic step you need to take.

For most people, this will mean using ear protection when it’s warranted. Two general forms of protection are available:

  • Ear Plugs, which are placed 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 advantages. Your choice of hearing protection should, most importantly, feel comfortable.

Tip 2: When Sound Gets Harmful, be Aware of It

But when to wear hearing protection is the question. Noise that is painful is normally considered harmful. But much lower volumes of sound can harm your ears than you might believe. After just a couple hours, for instance, the sounds of traffic are enough to damage your hearing. A vital step in safeguarding your hearing, then, is recognizing when sound becomes harmful.

Typically sounds become dangerous at the following levels:

  • Over 100 dB: This is where you can injure your hearing very rapidly. Anything above this threshold can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. Jet engines and rock concerts, for example, can injure your ears in about thirty seconds.
  • 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d get from farm equipment or the normal volume of your earbuds. This volume 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 situations where you will find this level of sound.

Tip 3: Your Phone Can Become a Sound Meter

We can take steps to minimize our exposure, now that we have an idea of what levels will be harmful. The trick is that, once you’re out in the real world, it can be hard to gauge what’s too 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.

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

Tip 4: Keep Track of Your Volume Buttons

The majority of people today listen to music via their phone or smart device, and they usually use earbuds while they do it. Your hearing is put at risk with this setup. Over years of use, earbuds set to a substantially high level can cause considerable damage to your ears.

Somonitoring the volume control means safeguarding your hearing. You should not increase the volume in order to drown out sounds elsewhere. And we recommend using apps or settings to ensure that your volume doesn’t accidentally become hazardously high.

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 compensate for your declining hearing, doing more damage to your ears in the process.

Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Examined

You may think of a hearing test as something you get when your hearing has already started to decline. The difficulty is that it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your hearing without a baseline to compare results to.

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

Pay Attention to Your Hearing

It would be perfect if you could constantly protect your hearing without any problems. But challenges are always going to be there. So anytime you can and as often as possible, protect your ears. You should also get your ears examined regularly. Put these suggestions into practice to improve your chances.

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