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A Quick Guide to Protecting Your Hearing

Your hearing is something that’s very precious, and when you lose it, there can often be damage that is permanent and is something you can’t fix. We certainly take our hearing for granted, and we often put ourselves in situations where it can damage our ears and the health of our hearing. In order to keep your ears healthy and to be able to hear clearly for years to come, here is a quick guide on protecting your hearing.


Avoid Loud Noises

Loud noises are dangerous for our ears, and so it’s worth knowing which levels are dangerous and which are fine for our ears to hear. Decibel levels can go above 0 and below 0, with some of us having the ability to hear sounds as low as -15db. Any sounds that are louder than 85 decibels are going to be dangerous, and the average music playing device that’s put on too loud can be around 100 decibels. With that being said, it’s important to be wary of what loud noises exist around your daily life and to be wary of those that could cause some harm to your hearing. There are plenty of resources online that explain the types of everyday sounds and the level of decibels these are.


Protect Yourself in the Workplace

When working in your place of work, there should be certain safety procedures in place to protect you while you go about your work. When it comes to protective equipment, this should be provided if the decibel level of sound is above a certain level and is therefore illegal to work in without the proper safety equipment.

That means that you should have headphones or earphones that cancel out noise or muffle it so you can still hear it’s clarity, but it’s not impacting on your ears to the extent that it causes permanent damage. If your employer isn’t providing you with the right equipment, then you have every right to demand that protective equipment and refuse to work in the loud noise environment until you’re given it.


Be Careful When Listening to Music

Listening to music is something we all love doing, and one common thing that many people do is listen to music while on their commute to work, in their car, or perhaps while they’re cleaning around the home. And as much as it’s fun to blast out the music on a good song, you want to be careful about the level you have your music at.

Particularly when you’ve got headphones on or earphones that fit inside the ear, it can be blasting that loud music directly into your ears and causing temporary or permanent hearing loss if you’re not careful. Try to keep your volumes at a safe level, and with many music-playing devices, they’ll often have a volume warning. So, try to keep your levels below that warning to ensure it’s not doing any substantial damage to your hearing.


Protect Your Ears During Loud Events

When loud events are going on, we can forget the impact they have on our ears, even if we’re outdoors, and we’re some way away from the speakers. The loud noise can still have an impact regardless, and it’s important you’re taking the necessary precautions to help protect your ears. Try to stay away from any speakers, keeping a distance where you can. Don’t stay in a loud area for too long a period, as this could lead to permanent damage. And where you can, try to wear some form of earplugs or headphones that can help muffle some of the sounds.


Get Your Hearing Tested

And finally, a good way of making sure your hearing is well looked after is by getting your hearing tested. This is important because regardless of your age, there can always be a risk of hearing loss and it’s good to keep an eye on the health of your ears. Just like you would with any other part of your body, by going to a doctor or dentist, a hearing care professional can test your hearing and discuss any results that might need to go in-depth. This could include hearing aids or even cochlear implants if they’re necessary.

If you’re experiencing some problems with your hearing and need to get your ears checked for damage, then it’s worth checking out our office. Getting your hearing tested could open up possibilities to improve your ear health for the better. You can find out more information by calling today at (888) 553-7520.