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How to Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss

How to Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss

In your daily life, you use your hearing in most situations. Whether you have full hearing functionality or a hearing impairment, protecting your abilities is highly important.

There are plenty of measures you can take to do this that don’t cost an arm and a leg and are simple adjustments to your everyday activities and tendencies. (Plus, they’ll have long-term effects that will keep your hearing healthy.)

Read on for a few tips.

Loud music

This one’s a simple one – just turn the volume down. A lot of your noise-making devices, such as speakers and headphones, can damage your hearing if used excessively. Don’t turn the volume up on your devices in an effort to block out the background noise. A good rule of thumb is that if the volume starts to make you physically uncomfortable to the point where you can’t even hear ambient sound, it’s time to turn the volume down.

Turn your media players to about 60 percent of their volume capacities and give yourself some silence breaks now and again. It’s a good idea to limit yourself to about an hour a day of these types of activities. (And some devices even offer “smart volume” settings, which gauge the ideal volume for hearing safety and ambient noise.

Noisy equipment

Many pieces of equipment emit pretty high-volume noise. Remember to have ear protection on-hand around items such as power tools or motorized landscaping or snow-removal equipment. Plugs and earmuffs often can do the trick.

And if you work in a noisy environment, you’re entitled to protection – talk to your HR department about ear protection in the workplace.

High-volume events

Sometimes public events can include high degrees of noise – these can include concerts or events with big crowds. Earplugs and earmuffs should simply muffle the sound to safe level and still allow you ample ability to hear. They’ll simply decrease sound levels by approximately 35 decibels.

Extended noise

It’s important not to expose yourself to high levels of noise for extended periods of time. One option is to avoid loud noises all together by limiting time exposed to loud, noise-making devices. Keep your exposure to a minimum to avoid permanent effects.

Sudden loudness

Loud noises that occur suddenly can also have an impact on your short- and long-term hearing. Abrupt noise puts stress on your eardrums and has been known to cause rupture on extreme occasions. If these scenarios are unavoidable to you, make sure you have proper protective gear available.

Source: National Health Service (UK), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Posted by NJAdmin on Mar 15, 2016