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Protecting your hearing is similar to eating the right way. It’s difficult to know where to begin even though it sounds like a good idea. If there aren’t any apparent noise risks and you don’t consider your daily environment to be very loud, this is especially true. But your ears and senses can be stressed by day-to-day living, so your auditory acuity can be preserved if you practice these tips.

The more you can do to slow the impairment of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.

Tip 1: Hearing Protection You Can Wear

Using hearing protection is the most sensible and basic way to safeguard your ears. This means taking basic steps to diminish the amount of loud and damaging noises you’re exposed to.

For most people, this will mean utilizing ear protection when it’s called for. Hearing protection generally comes in two basic forms:

  • Ear Muffs, which are placed over the ears.
  • Ear Plugs, which are placed in the ear canal.

Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. Each type has its benefits. Your choice of hearing protection should, most notably, feel comfortable.

Tip 2: When Sound Gets Dangerous, be Aware of It

But when to use hearing protection is the question. We’re used to linking harmful noise with painful noise. But much lower levels of sound can injure your ears than you might believe. The sounds of traffic, for example, are loud enough to start injuring your hearing after just a couple of hours. An important step in safeguarding your hearing, then, is recognizing when sound becomes harmful.

Usually sounds become dangerous at the following levels:

  • 85 decibels (dB): This level of sound is harmful after about two hours of exposure. Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both circumstances where you will find this level of sound.
  • Over 100 dB: This is where you can injure your hearing very rapidly. Injury is done in about thirty seconds with noises over this limit. Jet engines and rock concerts, for example, can damage your ears in about thirty seconds.
  • 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d expect from farm equipment or the normal volume of your earbuds. This volume of noise becomes harmful after 15-20 minutes.

Tip 3: Your Phone Can Be a Sound Meter

Now that we have a basic concept of what levels of sound might be dangerous, we can take some precautions to make sure we minimize our exposure. The trick is that, once you’re out and about in the real world, it can be difficult to determine what’s too loud and what isn’t.

That’s where your smartphone can become a handy little tool. Sound meter apps exist for every type of smartphone.

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

Tip 4: Monitor Your Volume Buttons

A smartphone with earbuds is normally the way people listen to music nowadays. This creates a dangerous situation for your hearing. Your hearing can be considerably damaged if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.

That’s why protecting your ears means keeping a sharp eye on your volume management. In order to drown out noises somewhere else, you should never increase the sound level. in order to make sure that volume doesn’t get too loud, we recommend using volume configurations or app settings.

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

Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Checked

You might think of a hearing exam as something you get when your hearing has already begun to diminish. The difficulty is that it’s not always easy to identify a problem in your ears without a standard to compare results to.

Scheduling a hearing screening or exam is a good way to obtain data that can be used for both treatment and diagnostic purposes, making certain that all of your future hearing (and hearing protection) decisions have some added context and information.

Keep an Eye on Your Ears

In a perfect world, protecting your ears would be something you could do continuously without any difficulty. But challenges are always going to be there. So safeguard your ears when you can, as often as you can. You should also get your hearing tested regularly. Hopefully, these guidelines will help you get a good start.