What Can You do to Prevent Your Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is something nearly 40 million adults in America are living with, and staying aware of the causes of hearing loss, as well as its prevalence up and down the nation, is key to ensuring you’re hearing loud and clear for as long as you need to.
Thankfully, the prevalence of hearing loss has dropped in recent years, as we’re becoming more and more aware about what causes it, and there are more audiologist services available to the general public than ever before.
So, let’s go into a little more detail about the best ways to prevent hearing loss through your day to day actions. You have a lot more control over your own hearing than you may have first thought!
Avoid loud sounds as much as possible
Of course, avoidance is usually the best measure taken against protecting from hearing loss. Sounds are often a lot louder than we think they are it only takes 85 decibels for a sound to potentially do damage to our ears, and on average, normal whispering clocks in at 30dB on the scale.
So, try to avoid loud noise in your life as much as possible. Day to day sounds can do a lot of damage to our ears. Busy traffic on the street outside of your house can range from anywhere between 70dB and 85dB. A motorbike alone can be 90dB loud. One time or quick exposure to such sounds is nothing to worry about but try to limit your contact time in general.
For example, if you’re moving to a new house and in choosing a place to live, if your two options are a house near an airport or a house next to a local children’s play park, take the latter option for your ear health.
Be aware of your headphone volume level
Playing music through headphones at max or near to max volume can be as loud as 100dB, and even as loud as 110dB at this concentrated level. To truly show off how loud music can be when played like that, remember that an airplane taking off usually clocks in at 120dB on the scale.
In general, make sure you keep your volume level at a max of 60%, and preferably below – if listening via a phone, music player or personal computer, you may be able to use your device settings to stop you from accidentally turning the volume up even further.
Know your work rights
It’s an OSHA mandated right for employees to be provided with ear care if working in a loud and/or industrial environment. So, in order to protect your ear health, know your rights surrounding this.
Hearing tests can be provided by your employer, and specialized safety equipment is also a mandatory requirement for anyone on a factory floor or worksite. Be sure to always wear any ear protection, such as plugs or muffs, when it’s provided to you.
Subsequently, while at a hearing test, an audiologist can advise you on how to better protect your hearing at work, especially if you’re working in an industrious sector on a long-term basis.
And always get your hearing tested
Getting your hearing tested on a regular basis, at least once every five to 10 years, is key for ensuring your hearing stays at a healthy and consistent level. An audiologist will take you through a screening first, to determine whether or not you’re at risk of hearing loss.
Passing this screening will require no further examination, but failing it will lead to a further, more complete evaluation to determine how you can be helped. There are many options to protect your hearing.
Worried about your hearing?
If you’re thinking about your hearing, and you want to be sure your hearing is at a healthy level and you’re living your best life because of it, be sure to get in touch with us. Here at Lowe Audiology, we want to put you first, and make sure every single one of your hearing worries and needs are put first, whenever you need us to.
Scheduling a hearing test doesn’t have to be hard, and at Lowe Audiology, we make sure of that. We want to make regular hearing tests enticing and easy for all, and we’ll do everything in our power to help you. We have expert audiologists on call for advice and aid.
So, get in touch with us today. Call us at 260-222-7925 to schedule an appointment that’s both convenient and efficient for you.