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Eating right and protecting your hearing have some similarities. It sounds good, but not many of us have a very good idea of where to begin. This is particularly true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be particularly noisy and there aren’t any apparent risks to your ears. But your ears and senses can be stressed by daily living, so your auditory acuity can be maintained if you practice these tips.

If you want to continue to enjoy the sounds around you, you should do everything you can to slow down the degeneration of your hearing.

Tip 1: Wearable Ear Protection

Using hearing protection is the most practical and simple way to safeguard your ears. This means taking basic steps to diminish the amount of loud and harmful noises you’re subjected to.

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

  • Ear Plugs, which are placed 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 style. What’s significant is that you get some hearing protection that you feel comfortable with.

Tip 2: Be Aware When Sound Becomes Dangerous

But when to wear hearing protection is the question. Noise that is painful is commonly considered harmful. But honestly, sounds can begin to damage your ears at a much lower level than you might expect. After just a couple hours, as an example, the sounds of traffic are enough to injure your ears. A vital step in protecting your hearing, then, is recognizing when sound becomes harmful.

The following threshold is when sound becomes harmful:

  • Over 100 dB: This is where you can injure your hearing very quickly. Damage is done in around thirty seconds with sounds over this limit. Rock concerts and jet engines, for example, can injure your hearing in around thirty seconds.
  • 85 decibels (dB): After about two hours this level of sound is harmful.This is the level of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
  • 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d expect from farm equipment or the typical volume of your earbuds. After around 15-20 minutes this volume of noise becomes dangerous.

Tip 3: Your Phone Can Be a Sound Meter

Now that we have a basic idea of what levels of noise could be harmful, we can take some precautions to ensure we minimize our exposure. The trick is that, once you’re out 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.

In order to get an idea of what harmful levels of noise actually sound like, use your sound meter to check the decibel level of everything you are hearing.

Tip 4: Be Mindful of Your Volume Buttons

A smartphone with earbuds is commonly the way people listen to music these days. Your hearing is put at risk with this setup. Over time, earbuds set to a substantially high level can cause considerable injury to your ears.

So keeping an eye on the volume control means protecting your ears. You should not raise the volume in order to drown out noises elsewhere. in order to make sure that volume doesn’t get too high, we suggest using volume settings or app settings.

If your hearing begins to wane, earbuds can become a negative feedback loop; in order to compensate for your faltering hearing, you may find yourself constantly rising the volume of your earbuds, and in the process doing more damage to your ears.

Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Examined

You may think that getting a hearing exam is something you do only when your hearing starts to decline. Without a standard to compare results to, it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your ears.

Acquiring data that can be used for both diagnostic purposes and for treatment can best be accomplished by scheduling a hearing examination and screening. This will give you a little extra context for future hearing choices and ear protection.

Keep an Eye on Your Hearing

In an ideal world, protecting your ears would be something you could do continuously without any difficulty. But there are always going to be obstacles. So safeguard your ears when you can, as often as you can. Also, get routine hearing exams. Hopefully, these guidelines will give you a good start.