Damage to the ears is normally caused by noise. Excessive noise is something that we disregard on a daily basis, but can hugely contribute to deafness. Once the tiny hair cells inside the air get damaged, this can become permanent and irreversible.
We’ve already read and known about various tips to improve our hearing. However, it is also important to know about some really specific ways to protect your hearing, especially in loud places. It is also important to understand that loud sounds are not good for you at all, and you should spend less time exposed to it. Even if you’re listening to your favorite music, a loud level is not good for you.
Lower that volume down.
Lowering it down a notch can significantly make a huge impact in protecting your hearing. Your television, stereo, and headset may be devices that you have to use on a daily basis. This means that you expose yourself to hearing loss everyday. One way to know that something is too loud is if you have to raise your voice just to be heard.
Consider using earplugs in concerts and live music events.
Believe it or not the music in concerts and live events are way too loud for casual listening. It will help a great deal if you consider using earplugs during these events. You will still be able to enjoy the music, even with earplugs. Wearing these can minimize sound levels up to 35 decibels.
Do not tolerated work-related noise.
Your office or work area is where you spend most of your time. Noise can come in so many forms. It can either be talkative coworkers, on-going construction or renovations, loud music, etc. Whatever it is, you should not tolerate it, especially if it’s bothering you. If there is nothing that you can do about it, you can always use hearing protection or report your concerns to management or HR.
There are certain types of drugs, even those that can be bought over-the-counter, that can exacerbate hearing loss. Examples of these include, NSAID or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen, ibuprofen and aspirin. If you are concerned about your hearing health, it is highly recommended not to self-medicate. Only take medication if it is directed by your doctor.
Make sure your ears stay dry.
When moisture, especially in excess, enter your ear canal, it will also allow entry of bacteria. This is what causes swimmer’s ear. Other types of ear infections can also develop. One good practice to keep in mind is to make sure that you include drying your ears after a shower, swim or bath.
Blood needs to be pumped to all parts of your body. If you’re not healthy that sometimes does not happen. Your ears need to have a good cycle of blood. Exercise is the answer to this. Do some running, cycling, walking, or other cardio exercises. This can make a positive impact to your hearing health.
The point of following these tips is to ensure that your hearing health is in tip-top shape. Ear protection is something that you shouldn’t disregard especially if you’re working in an industry that poses potential hearing problems. However, it’s not just noisy workplaces that endanger your hearing health, but also your daily routine. Listening to loud music on a headset or on speakers can really damage your ears in the long run. Make sure to always ask your hearing professional about your options on how to minimize the risks these can bring to your hearing. For more information, call Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846.