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Protecting your hearing is much like eating right. It sounds good, but not many of us have a good idea of where to start. If there aren’t any apparent noise dangers and you don’t consider your daily environment to be especially loud, this is especially true. But everyday life can stress your ears and your senses, so practicing these hearing protection tips can help safeguard your auditory acuity.

The more you can do to slow the deterioration of your hearing, the longer you’ll be capable of enjoying the sounds around you.

Tip 1: Wearable Ear Protection

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

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

  • 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. There are advantages to each type. Your choice of hearing protection should, most importantly, feel comfortable.

Tip 2: Be Aware When Sound Becomes Dangerous

But when to wear hearing protection is the question. Noise that is painful is commonly regarded as harmful. But in reality, noise can start to damage your hearing at a much lower volume than you might expect. The sounds of traffic, for example, are loud enough to begin damaging your hearing after just a couple of hours. Recognizing when sound becomes dangerous, then, is a necessary step in safeguarding your hearing.

The following threshold is when sound becomes dangerous:

  • 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d expect from farm equipment or the typical volume of your earbuds. This level of sound becomes damaging after 15-20 minutes.
  • Over 100 dB: This is where you can damage your hearing very rapidly. Anything above this threshold can damage your hearing in minutes or seconds. For example, rock concerts and jet engines will injure your ears in 30 seconds.
  • 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this volume of sound is hazardous.This is the level of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.

Tip 3: Use Your Phone as a Sound Meter

Now that we have a basic concept of what levels of sound may be harmful, we can take some steps to ensure we minimize our exposure. The trick is that, once you’re out and about in the real world, it can be challenging to gauge what’s loud and what isn’t.

Your smartphone can now be used as a handy little tool. There are dozens of apps for iPhone, Android, and everything in between that turn your device’s microphone into a sound meter.

Having a dynamic sound meter with you will help you measure everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a much better understanding of what dangerous levels really sound like in your daily life.

Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Settings

A smartphone with earbuds is normally the way people listen to music these days. This sets up a dangerous scenario for your hearing. Your ears can be significantly harmed if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.

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

If your hearing begins to decline, earbuds can become something of a negative feedback loop; you could find yourself constantly increasing the volume of your earbuds in order to compensate for your declining hearing, doing more damage to your ears in the process.

Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Checked

You might think that getting a hearing test is something you do only when your hearing begins to decline. Without a baseline to compare results to, it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears.

Acquiring data that can be used for both diagnostic purposes and for treatment can be best accomplished 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 an ideal world, protecting your hearing would be something you could do constantly without any problem. But challenges are will always be there. So whenever you can and as often as possible, protect your ears. You should also have your ears examined routinely. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.

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