Your hearing is precious and once it is gone, it won’t be coming back. Therefore, protecting it should be a priority and is an excellent New Year’s Resolution. Here are 5 ways you can protect your hearing this year and make an investment in your future.
- Wear hearing protection. Noise-induced hearing loss is an unfortunate way to lose your hearing since it often is preventable. Instant, extremely loud sounds like explosions or gunshots are generally known causes of noise-induced hearing loss (and often happen when you least expect them). However, prolonged exposure to noises you may not realize are too loud can also cause permanent hearing problems for you. For regular exposure to loud sounds, it is a good idea to invest in appropriate hearing protection. This may mean getting fitted for custom ear molds. You can also carry small ear plugs with you so that if you are exposed to loud noises unexpectedly, you can protect your ears with custom hearing protection. Once you know how loud is too loud, you can wear hearing protection when you need to. If you have any questions about which type of ear protection is right for you, just ask us.
- Take a break from loud noise. If you are exposed to loud sounds for a prolonged period of time, it is a good idea to rest your ears for a few minutes every hour or so. A quick break can help give your hearing a chance to recover from the loud noise and may help prevent permanent damage to your hearing.
- Know how loud is too loud. Not all noises that damage your hearing are extremely loud, short bursts like gunshots or fireworks, etc.The National Institute of Health says that noise levels above 85 decibels can be too loud. You might not even realize that a noisy restaurant, bar or nightclub can reach sounds above that threshold. Other things that can be loud enough to damage your hearing include:
- Power tools
- Kitchen gadgets
- Vacuum cleaners
There are free apps available for download to your smartphone or mobile device that can alert you if a room or environment you are in gets too loud.
- Familiarize yourself with the law. If you are exposed to loud noises on the job, your employer is required by law to provide the proper hearing protection for you. Click here to read more about OSHA requirements and standards for hearing protection in the workplace. Examples of workplaces known for excessively loud noises include the military, airports, industrial, lawn care, maintenance, and construction jobs. However, those aren’t the only loud jobs. Working in a bar or nightclub can be loud and can cause noise-induced hearing loss over time. You might be surprised at how different types of items you use at work can cause noise-induced hearing loss.
- Get regular hearing assessments with us at Audiology Clinic. Hearing loss is gradual, so most of the time people with a hearing impairment don’t recognize it until it is severe enough to negatively impact their life. A hearing assessment is the best way to know if you have hearing loss, and you can schedule one with us today.
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