Not all types of hearing loss are preventable. Certain types of hearing loss are age-related, but many types of hearing loss are not age related. There are things we can do to preserve our hearing abilities when it comes to noise-induced hearing loss to help reduce the impact of loud noises from permanently damaging your hearing. The following are three basic tips to prevent long-term permanent hearing loss from occurring:
How to prevent noise-induced hearing loss: Avoid Loud Noises
The best way to avoid noise-induced hearing loss is to avoid excessively loud noise as much as possible. When is a noise too loud? Typically, a noise is loud enough to damage a person’s hearing abilities when background noise makes conversations impossible without raising voices to communicate and it’s difficult to understand what people around you are saying. Also, if sound around you is causing pain in your ears, this is a sign that the volume in your environment is excessively loud. Another sign that you are in an environment able to cause noise-induced hearing loss is if you experience ringing in your ears or muffled hearing after you leave the loud environment. How loud is too loud? Sound levels are measured in decibels (dB): the higher the decibel number, the louder the sound. Any sound over 85dB can be harmful, especially if a person is exposed to the sound for an extended length of time.
A major cause of noise-induced hearing loss are headphones. Listening to loud music through headphones is one of the biggest dangers to your hearing abilities. To help avoid permanently damaging your hearing capabilities we suggest using noise-cancelling headphones, which help to remove the need to increase the volume to over-power outside noise. Many people are unaware that listening to headphones at maximum volume for 5 minutes or more will cause permanent hearing damage. It is suggested that people should not listen to music at more than 60% of the maximum volume and don’t use headphones for more than an hour at a time. Even just turning down the volume a little bit can make a big difference to your risk of permanent hearing damage.
How to prevent noise-induced hearing loss: Take Precautions at Work
If your occupation requires you to be exposed to loud noises, it is important to follow hearing protection guidelines. Your employer is obliged to make changes to reduce your exposure to loud noise by using quieter equipment if possible, by making sure employees are not over-exposed to loud noise for long periods and by providing hearing protection, such as earmuffs or earplugs. Remember to wear these important safety devices, especially if your work atmosphere is loud on a regular basis.
How to prevent noise-induced hearing loss: Get your Hearing Tested
As a society we get physicals, eye exams, dental visits, etc. annually and your ears are not different. The last time many people can remember getting a hearing exam was in grade school. If this is you, get a hearing test as soon as possible if you’re worried you might be losing your hearing. The earlier hearing loss is detected, the earlier something can be done. We also suggest having regular hearing checks annually if you’re at a higher risk of noise-induced hearing loss.
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