Woman protects her hearing with ear muffs while doing yardwork.

Protecting your hearing is a lot like eating the right way. It’s hard to know where to start even though it sounds like a good idea. If there aren’t any obvious noise risks and you don’t consider your daily environment to be particularly loud, this is especially true. But day-to-day life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so your auditory acuity can be preserved if you apply these tips.

If you want to keep enjoying the sounds around you, you should do everything you can to impede down the degeneration of your hearing.

Tip 1: Ear Protection You Can Wear

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

This means that when it’s called for most people will want to use hearing protection. Hearing protection commonly comes in two basic forms:

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

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: Be Aware When Sound Becomes Harmful

But when to wear hearing protection is the question. We’re used to connecting dangerous noise with painful noise. But much lower volumes of sound can injure your ears than you might believe. After just a couple hours, for instance, the sounds of traffic are enough to injure your ears. Recognizing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a necessary step in safeguarding your hearing.

The following threshold is when sound becomes dangerous:

  • Over 100 dB: This is where you can injure your hearing very rapidly. Anything above this limit can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. Rock concerts and jet engines, for instance, can damage your hearing in about thirty seconds.
  • 95-100 dB: This is the normal level of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. After about 15-20 minutes this level of sound becomes harmful.
  • 85 decibels (dB): After around two hours this volume of sound is hazardous.Your hairdryer or a busy city street are both circumstances where you will find this level of sound.

Tip 3: Your Phone Can Become a Sound Meter

We can take steps to limit our exposure, now that we have a concept of what volumes will be harmful. The trick is that, once you’re out and about in the real world, it can be difficult to measure what’s too loud and what isn’t.

Your smartphone can now be used as a handy little tool. There are dozens of apps for iPhone, Android, and everything in between that turn your device’s microphone into a sound meter.

Having a live sound meter with you will help you evaluate everything you’re hearing in decibels, so you’ll have a far better understanding of what harmful levels really sound like in your daily life.

Tip 4: Monitor Your Volume Settings

A smartphone with earbuds is normally the way people listen to music these days. This sets up a dangerous scenario for your hearing. Your hearing can be significantly harmed if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.

That’s why safeguarding your hearing means keeping a sharp eye on your volume management. In order to drown out sounds elsewhere, you should not increase the sound level. in order to make certain that volume doesn’t get too high, we recommend using volume configurations or app settings.

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

Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Checked

You might think that having a hearing test is something you do only when your hearing starts to decline. The problem is that it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your hearing without a baseline to compare results to.

Scheduling a hearing screening or exam is a good way to generate data that can be used for both treatment and analytic purposes, ensuring that all of your future hearing (and hearing protection) choices have some added context and information.

Keep an Eye on Your Ears

In an ideal world, protecting your ears would be something you could do constantly without any problem. But challenges are always going to be there. So whenever you can and as often as possible, protect your hearing. Also, get routine hearing exams. Hopefully, these guidelines will give you a good start.