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Eating right and protecting your hearing have some similarities. It sounds good, but not many of us have a good idea of where to start. If there aren’t any apparent noise risks and you don’t consider your daily environment to be particularly noisy, this is especially true. But your ears and senses can be stressed by day-to-day living, so doing these hearing protection techniques can help maintain your auditory acuity.

The more you can do to slow down the degeneration of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.

Tip 1: Wearable Hearing Protection

Using hearing protection is the most practical and simple way to safeguard your hearing. This means taking basic steps to diminish the amount of loud and harmful noises you’re exposed to.

This means that when it’s required most people will want to use hearing protection. Hearing protection commonly comes in two basic forms:

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

Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. Each type has its positive aspects. Your choice of hearing protection should, most importantly, feel comfortable.

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

But when to use hearing protection is the question. We’re used to associating dangerous noise with painful noise. But much lower volumes of sound can harm your ears than you might believe. The sounds of traffic, for instance, are loud enough to start injuring your hearing after only a couple of hours. Knowing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a vital step in protecting your hearing.

Typically sounds become harmful at the following levels:

  • 95-100 dB: This is the normal volume of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. This level of sound becomes harmful after 15-20 minutes.
  • Over 100 dB: In this situation, you can damage your hearing very quickly. Anything over this limit can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. Jet engines and rock concerts, for example, can injure your ears in around thirty seconds.
  • 85 decibels (dB): This level of sound is dangerous after around two hours of exposure. This is the volume of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.

Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter

We can take precautions to limit our exposure, now that we have a concept of what volumes will be dangerous. But in everyday life, it can be challenging trying to measure 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.

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

Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Buttons

A smartphone with earbuds is usually the way people listen to music these days. Your hearing is put at risk with this setup. Your ears can be significantly harmed if you keep your earbuds too loud over a long period of time.

So keeping an eye on the volume control means safeguarding your hearing. You should not increase the volume in order to drown out noises somewhere else. in order to make sure that volume doesn’t get too high, we suggest using volume configurations or app settings.

Earbud use can become a negative feedback loop if your hearing begins to decline; you could find yourself consistently raising the volume of your earbuds so that you can compensate for your declining hearing, and in the process doing more harm to your hearing.

Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Tested

You might think that having a hearing test is something you do only when your hearing begins to diminish. 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 be best achieved by scheduling a hearing exam and screening. This will give you some extra perspective for future hearing choices and ear protection.

Pay Attention to Your Hearing

In a perfect world, protecting your ears would be something you could do constantly without any problem. But challenges are always going to be there. So whenever you can and as often as possible, protect your hearing. You should also have your ears tested regularly. Hopefully, these guidelines will help you get a good start.

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