Tips to Protect your Hearing
No one wants to suffer from hearing loss but, unfortunately, many people fail to take the proper steps throughout their lives to avoid this condition. Instead of finding yourself with failing hearing later in life, take the necessary steps now to avoid future health problems.
One of the easiest ways to help prevent hearing loss is by investing in some low cost, but effective. Before you go to your next concert or sporting event, pack a pair of earplugs to protect your sensitive ears from loud noises. If possible, take breaks from the noise itself. This allows your ears the chance to rest and recharge themselves.
Turn down your music
Music is great, but should be listened to at an appropriate volume. This is especially important if you’re listening to music through ear buds or headphones. If the person next to you can hear the music even though you’re wearing headphones, then it is too loud. Similarly, if you can’t hear what the person next to you is saying, then chances are the music is too loud. Music is often listened to for a long period of time, so it’s important to make sure it’s at a volume that won’t damage your sensitive ears.
Employ the 60-60 rule
Basically, when listening to music via ear buds or headphones, you should keep the volume set at 60%. Then, music should be listened to for a maximum of 60 minutes. After 60 minutes, take a quiet break before listening to more music. Most MP3 devices have the ability to set your volume to 60%, so have a look through your settings to discover this function.
While earbuds have become the norm, they can do more damage to your hearing than headphones do. This is because ear buds sit inside your ear and focus all of the sound directly towards your ear drum. Headphones, on the other hand, give you a bit of space between sound waves and your ear drums. If possible, choose noise-canceling headphones so that you don’t have to turn the volume up to drown out background noise.
Lower your TV volume
Lowering the volume on your TV even one level can help to prevent hearing loss. If you watch a lot of TV, be especially aware of how loud it gets and if possible, lower the volume. The same goes if you listen to the radio a lot. You should be able to carry on a conversation over the volume of your TV. If you have to raise your voice then it is too loud.
Be aware at work
Most workplaces should be aware of noise safety, but if you feel like your hearing is not being adequately protected at your place of work, be sure to speak to someone immediately. Proper safety gear should be used if you work around loud noises and frequent breaks should be allowed so as to rest your sensitive ears.
Protecting your ears doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Your ability to hear is an important one to communicate and connect with others; make sure to take the above precautions when around loud sounds. If you’ve got more questions about ear protection or think you may already have suffered some damage to your hearing, schedule an appointment with a hearing care provider in your area to discuss concerns!