Advice to Listen Out For: Preventing Hearing Loss

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Though hearing loss is something which can’t always be prevented, there are also plenty of ways that you can take better care of your ears to keep them in good working order for as long as possible. It is these techniques that we will be discussing in more detail in this article.

Once hearing loss has occurred, there are plenty of systems out there which can provide you with the helping hand that you are looking for - so take a look at Hearing Aid Buyer Today if you are in the market for one. But here are just a few of the ways that you can help to prevent hearing loss.

Avoid Loud Noises

First and foremost, you need to be looking to limit your exposure to loud noises as much as possible. As a general rule of thumb, a noise is loud enough to damage your hearing if you have to raise your voice to talk with other people. It can be especially problematic if it hurts your ears or you are left with a ringing in your ears or muffled hearing afterwards. You can get smartphone apps that measure noise levels, but you need to ensure that these are properly calibrated to give you an accurate reading.

Take Care When Listening to Music

One of the biggest modern threats to your hearing is listening to loud music through earphones or headphones. To start off with, you could try investing in some noise-cancelling earphones or headphones as these will prevent you from turning the volume up to overcompensate for background noise. Follow
the 60/60 rule which suggests that you don’t listen to your music at over 60% of the maximum volume for more than an hour a day. Try to give your ears a break for at least five minutes every hour.

Be Especially Careful During Loud Events and Activities

If you are going to be exposed to loud noises for a prolonged period of time - such as at nightclubs, gigs or sporting events - you need to take extra precautions. For example, you could start by moving away from the source of the noise such as loudspeakers. Give yourself a break from the noise every 15 minutes and give your ears at least 18 hours to recover after lots of exposure. It may also be worth wearing some earplugs when you are actually at the event.

Get Your Hearing Tested Regularly

If you are worried about your hearing, it is especially important that you have your hearing tested as soon as possible. Even if you are not, it is still a good idea to have a check-up on a regular basis for the sake of
your health. The earlier that you pick up any signs of hearing loss, the earlier that you can do something about it.

Preventing hearing loss takes a little bit of awareness and extra precautions so that you can enjoy one of your key senses uninterrupted for the longest time possible

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