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Audiologist Monthly: Protecting Your Ears From Noise Damage

With the rate of hearing loss rising, especially among young people, it becomes even more important to discuss how you should properly protect your hearing from noise-induced damage. While some noise damage is unavoidable, our audiologists have some recommendations you can implement into your life to better protect your hearing.

Acclimate To Lower Volume Levels

Our eardrums will become desensitized if they are constantly bombarded with sound. You can do the same thing in reverse and train your ears to pick up quieter volume levels from your various forms of media. Our audiologists recommend you keep volume levels at 60% of the available range or lower and for no more than 60 minutes.

Switch Your Earbuds For Headphones

The rise in hearing loss in young people is often attributed to the prevalence of earbud usage. Most earbuds are designed so they nestle in your ear and are very close to your eardrum. Considering the volume that most people listen to their media, this can be incredibly traumatic and damaging for your eardrums. Switching to over-the-ear headphones can negate some of the close-range damage. Noise-cancelling headphones would be best as you will not need to listen to your media as loudly if you don’t have any interfering outside noises competing for your attention.

Wear Earplugs In Noisy Environments

If you know you are going to a concert, monster truck rally, watching fireworks or other loud events, make sure you wear some earplugs. All these activities fall into hearing-damaging decibel levels and the temporary effects of these events can herald a more permanent problem. If possible, try to keep a pair of earplugs with you in case you have to pass through construction or travel on public transport.

Allow Your Hearing Downtime

Your ears need downtime. We are constantly using our ears to hear sounds such as music, cell phone calls, podcasts, TV programs, and more. Some people even sleep with media playing, so their hearing never has a break, even in sleep. This can take a toll on our ears and make it hard to listen to quieter and more subtle sounds. So, set aside a time and place where you enjoy quiet activities with minimal to no sound interaction.

Wear Proper Hearing Safety Gear

If you work in an industry such as construction, you should always wear the proper safety gear to ensure your hearing is adequately protected. Also, safety gear isn’t just for construction workers. If you use power tools like drills, chainsaws, lawn mowers and other home tools, you should at least wear earplugs to lessen the noise impact of these tools.

Find Low-Noise Products

You can reduce the noise level in your own home by checking the decibel level of your purchases. From the decibel level of your refrigerator to the treadmill, you can control how much noise you are bringing into your home, so do your best to find low-noise products which put out sound at 40 decibels or lower.

If you are concerned that you are suffering from mild to severe hearing loss, contact us today. Our audiologists can help you determine the extent of your hearing loss and help you find the right tools to help you recover from your hearing loss.

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