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 especially true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be very noisy and there aren’t any noticeable dangers to your ears. But your ears and senses can be stressed by daily living, so your auditory acuity can be maintained if you apply these tips.

If you want to keep enjoying the sounds around you, you need to do everything you can to impede down the deterioration of your hearing.

Tip 1: Hearing Protection You Can Wear

The most basic and practical way that you can safeguard your ears is to protect your ears. This means that reducing loud and harmful sound is a basic step you should take.

This means that when it’s called for most people will want to wear hearing protection. Hearing protection normally comes in two basic forms:

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

Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. There are advantages to each type. What’s essential is that you pick some hearing protection that you feel comfortable with.

Tip 2: Know When Sound Gets Harmful

But when to use hearing protection is the question. Noise that is painful is usually considered harmful. But the truth is that noises can begin to damage your ears at a much lower volume than you might anticipate. The sounds of traffic, as an example, are loud enough to begin damaging your hearing after just a couple of hours. An important step in protecting your hearing, then, is knowing when sound becomes harmful.

The following threshold is when sound becomes hazardous:

  • 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d expect from farm equipment or the typical volume of your earbuds. This level of noise becomes damaging after 15-20 minutes.
  • 85 decibels (dB): This level of sound is dangerous after roughly two hours of exposure. Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both situations where you will find this level of sound.
  • Over 100 dB: This is where you can damage your hearing very quickly. Damage is done in about thirty seconds with sounds above this limit. Jet engines and rock concerts, for example, can damage your hearing in around thirty seconds.

Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter

Now that we have a general understanding of what volume of noise may be dangerous, we can take some steps to ensure we minimize our exposure. But in real life, it can be difficult trying to gauge what is too loud and what isn’t.

That’s where your smartphone can become a handy little tool. Sound meter apps exist for every type of smartphone.

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

Tip 4: Be Mindful of Your Volume Settings

Most people these days listen to music via their phone or smart device, and they usually use earbuds while they do it. This creates a risky scenario for your hearing. Over years of use, earbuds set to a substantially high volume can cause significant damage to your hearing.

So keeping an eye on the volume control means protecting your ears. In order to drown out noises elsewhere, you should never increase the volume. in order to make certain that volume doesn’t get too high, we recommend using volume settings or app settings.

If your hearing begins to decline, earbuds can become something of a negative feedback loop; you could find yourself consistently raising the volume of your earbuds so that you can make up for your faltering hearing, and in the process doing more damage to your ears.

Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Examined

You might think that getting a hearing exam is something you do only when your hearing starts to decline. The issue is that it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your ears without a baseline to compare results to.

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

Pay Attention to Your Hearing

It would be ideal if you could always safeguard your ears without any issues. But challenges are will always be there. So safeguard your hearing when you can, as often as possible. You should also have your hearing examined regularly. Hopefully, these guidelines will give you a good start.

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