Woman protects her hearing with ear muffs while doing yardwork.

Eating right and safeguarding your hearing have some similarities. It’s hard to know where to begin even though it sounds like a good 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 everyday life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so your auditory acuity can be maintained if you apply these tips.

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

Tip 1: Ear Protection You Can Wear

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

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

  • 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. Each type has its positive aspects. Your choice of hearing protection should, most notably, feel comfortable.

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

But when to wear hearing protection is the question. We’re used to associating harmful noise with painful noise. But much lower levels of sound can damage your ears than you might believe. After only a couple hours, for instance, the sounds of traffic are enough to damage your hearing. Knowing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a vital step in safeguarding your hearing.

The following threshold is when sound becomes harmful:

  • 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d get from farm equipment or the normal volume of your earbuds. After around 15-20 minutes this level of noise becomes harmful.
  • 85 decibels (dB): After around two hours this level of sound is damaging.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 rapidly injured by this. Damage is done in about thirty seconds with sounds over this limit. Jet engines and rock concerts, for example, can injure your ears in around thirty seconds.

Tip 3: Your Phone Can Become a Sound Meter

We can take steps to minimize our exposure, now that we have a concept of what levels will be dangerous. The trick is that, once you’re out and about in the real world, it can be challenging to measure what’s 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.

Having a live sound meter with you will help you measure everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a far better idea of what dangerous levels actually sound like in your everyday life.

Tip 4: Be Mindful of Your Volume Settings

A smartphone with earbuds is usually the way people listen to music nowadays. This sets up a dangerous situation for your hearing. Over years of use, earbuds set to a sufficiently high level can cause significant damage to your hearing.

That’s why protecting your ears means keeping a focused eye on your volume control. You should not raise the volume to drown out noises somewhere else. in order to make sure that volume doesn’t get too high, we recommend using volume configurations or app settings.

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

Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Examined

You might think that having a hearing exam is something you do only when your hearing begins to diminish. The problem is that it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears without a standard to compare results to.

Scheduling a hearing screening or exam is a great way to obtain data that can be used for both treatment and diagnostic purposes, making certain that all of your future hearing (and hearing protection) choices have some added context and information.

Pay Attention to Your Hearing

It would be perfect if you could constantly safeguard your hearing without any difficulty. But challenges are will always be there. So safeguard your hearing when you can, as often as possible. You should also have your hearing tested routinely. Put these suggestions into practice to improve your chances.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

Main Line Audiology Consultants, PC