All kinds of things today produce noises that impact our hearing health. Loud noises happen every day and many of us just don’t notice. From cars and highways to crowded streets and constant background noise, our hearing allows us to amerce in our environment. As functioning humans working the daily grind, of course there will be increased noises. We’ve accepted these sounds as part of our everyday living. We do live in the age of ever-changing technology after all, but how much is too much noise for our own hearing health?
It hasn’t always been this way. Rewind back to before the industrial revolution and you’ll find very little noise pollution at all. Fast forward back to 2018 and our ears experience levels of sounds (from vehicles, airplanes, increased population density, recreational noise exposure, etc.) that are simply unsustainable for long periods of time without causing hearing damage.
In recent years, many studies have been released discussing the dangers associated with the increased volume of people experiencing hearing loss, as well as those people living with untreated hearing loss and the connection to dementia, across the globe.
Whether you wake up to the sound of horns blaring or listening to your preferred station on the radio, it is important to consider how the hearing choices we make today will impact our lives in the years to come. Our suggestion? Be proactive in preventing damaging hearing loss.
Top 4 Tips to Avoid Long-term Hearing Loss
Avoid Excessively Loud Noise.
The higher the decibel number, the louder the sound. When you are exposed to sounds above 80 decibels, you are at risk for experiencing hearing loss and permanent hearing damage. As we are exposed to increasingly loud volumes of sound, the inner ear can experience damage brought on by the vibrations of loud sounds. This can also include damage to the nerve cells that send signals about sounds from your ears to your brain.
Turn It Down!
Did you know that wearing headphones and listening at full volume for merely a few minutes will cause permanent hearing damage? We only get one set of inner ear receptor cells. If you’re wearing headphones for a significant portion of your day, you could be causing noise-induced hearing loss (the most common type of hearing loss today). Since many of our cutting-edge tech devices can easily produce 100 decibels or more of sound, The World Health Organization predicts an increase of more than one billion young people who are at risk of hearing loss from the misuse of personal headphones.
Don’t Put Anything In Your Ears.
We grew up thinking sticking cotton swabs in our ears was what we were supposed to do. Experts today say no. Don’t do it. Attempting to clean your ears or sticking any kind of foreign object into your ears is all together a bad idea. Doing so can likely cause ear infections, injury and in some cases, injury resulting in hearing loss. Our suggestion is to avoid it completely.
Check Your Medications.
It’s true, certain medications, such as antibiotics, diuretics, chemotherapy agents and high doses of aspirin, can cause what is known as Ototoxicity. Check with your doctor to find out if any of your medications are ototoxic. There may be an alternative medication you can take in place of one that impacts your hearing health. It’s possible even a reduction in the prescription will change your hearing.
Physicians Hearing Solutions is committed to working together to bring the most quality hearing healthcare to our patients in order to achieve our overall goal of improving all of our patients with an increased quality of life. To fulfill this mission, we are committed to earning the trust and respect of all of our patients, through providing professionalism; ensuring a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment; exceeding your expectations; listening to those we are privileged to serve; and always striving for continuous improvements at all levels. Schedule your free hearing screening today: (401) 921-0181 or find us online at: www.phsdocs.com.