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Eating right and protecting your hearing have some parallels. It sounds smart, but not many of us have a good idea of where to begin. This is especially true if you don’t think your daily environment is especially noisy and there aren’t any obvious risks to your ears. But daily life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so doing these hearing protection tips can help preserve your auditory acuity.

If you want to keep enjoying the sounds around you, you need to do everything you can to slow down the degeneration of your hearing.

Tip 1: Wearable Ear Protection

The most simple and sensible way that you can safeguard your hearing is to protect your ears. This means taking basic actions to lessen the amount of loud and harmful noises you’re exposed to.

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

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

Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. There are benefits to each type. What’s important is that you find some hearing protection that you feel comfortable with.

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

But when to use hearing protection is the question. Noise that is painful is usually regarded as harmful. But in reality, sounds can start to damage your hearing at a much lower volume than you might expect. After only a couple hours, for instance, the sounds of traffic are enough to injure your hearing. Knowing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a necessary step in protecting your hearing.

The following threshold is when sound becomes harmful:

  • Over 100 dB: Your hearing can be very quickly injured by this. Damage is done in about thirty seconds with anything above this threshold. Rock concerts and jet engines, for example, can injure your ears in about thirty seconds.
  • 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this level of sound is hazardous.This is the level of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
  • 95-100 dB: This is about the noise level you’d get from farm equipment or the typical volume of your earbuds. This level of noise becomes damaging after 15-20 minutes.

Tip 3: Make Your Phone Into a Sound Meter

We can take steps to minimize our exposure, now that we have an idea of what levels will be dangerous. The trick is that, once you’re out and about in the real world, it can be challenging to determine what’s loud and what isn’t.

That’s where your smartphone can become 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 live sound meter with you will help you measure everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a far better concept of what harmful levels actually sound like in your everyday life.

Tip 4: Monitor Your Volume Settings

Most people today listen to music using their phone or smart device, and they usually use earbuds while they do it. Your hearing is put at risk with this combination. Your ears can be considerably damaged if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.

That’s why protecting your ears means keeping a focused eye on your volume management. In order to drown out sounds elsewhere, you should never raise the sound level. And we suggest using apps or settings to ensure that your volume doesn’t unintentionally become hazardously high.

If your hearing begins to wane, earbuds can become something of a negative feedback loop; you could find yourself constantly raising the volume of your earbuds so that you can compensate for your declining hearing, doing more harm to your ears in the process.

Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Tested

You might think of a hearing test as something you schedule when your hearing has already begun to diminish. The difficulty is that it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears without a baseline to compare results to.

Generating data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can best be accomplished by scheduling a hearing examination and screening. This will give you some extra context for future hearing decisions and ear protection.

Keep an Eye on Your Hearing

It would be perfect if you could always safeguard your hearing without any problems. But challenges are always going to be there. So whenever you can and as often as possible, safeguard your ears. Also, get regular hearing exams. Hopefully, these tips will give you a good start.

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