Traveling & Hearing Loss

  1. Traveling and Hearing Loss

Have you ever noticed when you are traveling, there are times when you have a hard time hearing? Perhaps you’re in the middle of a conversation and can’t quite make out what the person is saying. The causes of hearing loss can stem from a number of reasons. One such cause could be from traveling. Here are some examples when the loss of hearing can occur while traveling and recommendations for hearing health.

Traveling by Air

One of the noisiest ways of traveling is by air. Not only do you have to deal with people talking loudly, but you also have to deal with noises coming from the airplane. Picture a time when you arrived at the airport and you hear airplanes departing and arriving from there. Notice the loud booming noises emitted by the planes? You’re sitting in the plane getting ready for it to take off. The noise amplifies and as the plane ascends you feel the building pressure in your ears.

Depending on where you are sitting in the plane, the sound decibels can range from 85 to a whopping 100 decibels. If exposed to these high decibels for long periods of time, hearing loss will certainly occur. It is recommended to take with you noise-canceling headphones or soft earplugs to alleviate further exposure to the high decibel sounds emitted by the airplane.

Traveling by Vehicle

Another popular way of traveling is by vehicle. Hitting the road and seeing where it takes you makes for a great way to experience traveling. However, certain situations while driving can also lead to the loss of hearing. For instance, you decide to travel and drive through the coast. The weather is perfect out, and you decide to roll down your vehicle’s windows to feel the wind in your hair. The sudden rush of air as you roll down the windows creates a high level of noise.

It gets so noisy that the noise decibels can run up to above 90 decibels. This can cause the loss of hearing, especially if you expose yourself to it throughout your whole trip. Although wearing earplugs can help, it can also be dangerous if you are the one driving the vehicle. Instead, it is recommended to take breaks. You can either pull over to stop the roaring wind or simply close your windows. This will help lessen exposure to the constant high decibels noise coming from the wind as you drive.

Travelling by Sea

Another mode of transportation to travel is by sea. From cruise ships to personal boats, traveling by sea is exciting but it can also cause the loss of hearing. For instance, you decide to take a boat and travel to an exotic location. You’ve prepped for the trip and now it’s time to get the engine going. The boat’s engine can emit anywhere up to 85 decibels of noise.

If exposed to this level of noise for long periods of time, it can lead to the loss of hearing. It is recommended to use ear plugs and to take breaks. Switch off the boat’s engine and maybe go fishing for a while. This will give your ears the much-needed rest from the high level of noise emitted from the boat’s engine.

Whichever mode of travel you decide on, always consider and take steps towards protecting yourself against hearing loss. Although noise cannot be avoided, there are many devices in the market today that can help in reducing the loss of hearing. Whether you are traveling for leisure or for work, take some time to consider hearing care.

Contact us today to learn more about protecting your ears while traveling.