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Eating right and protecting your hearing have some parallels. It’s hard to know where to begin even though it sounds like a smart idea. This is especially true if you don’t think your daily environment is particularly noisy and there aren’t any apparent dangers to your ears. But your ears and senses can be stressed by day-to-day living, so your auditory acuity can be maintained if you practice these tips.

If you want to continue to enjoy the sounds around you, you should do everything you can to impede down the impairment of your hearing.

Tip 1: Ear Protection You Can Wear

The most basic and sensible way that you can safeguard your hearing is to protect your ears. This means taking basic steps to reduce the amount of loud and harmful noises you’re subjected to.

This means that when it’s needed most people will want to wear ear protection. Hearing protection commonly comes in two basic forms:

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

Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. There are advantages to each type. What’s significant is that you pick some hearing protection that you feel comfortable wearing.

Tip 2: Be Aware When Sound Becomes Dangerous

But when to wear hearing protection is the question. We’re used to associating harmful noise with painful noise. But in reality, sounds can start to damage your hearing at a much lower volume than you might expect. The sounds of traffic, as an example, are loud enough to begin injuring your hearing after only a couple of hours. An important step in safeguarding your hearing, then, is recognizing when sound becomes dangerous.

The following threshold is when sound becomes hazardous:

  • Over 100 dB: Your ears can be very rapidly injured by this. Anything over this limit can damage your hearing in minutes or seconds. For example, rock concerts and jet engines will damage your ears in 30 seconds.
  • 85 decibels (dB): This volume of sound is harmful after about two hours of exposure. This is the volume of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
  • 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d get from farm equipment or the typical volume of your earbuds. After about 15-20 minutes this level of noise becomes hazardous.

Tip 3: Turn Your Phone Into a Sound Meter

Now that we have a general idea of what volume of noise might be hazardous, we can take some precautions to make sure we limit our exposure. But in everyday life, it can be tricky trying to measure what is 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 concept of what harmful levels actually sound like in your daily life.

Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Settings

A smartphone with earbuds is usually the way people listen to music nowadays. This creates a dangerous scenario for your hearing. Your hearing can be considerably harmed if you keep your earbuds too loud over a long period of time.

That’s why protecting your ears means keeping a focused eye on your volume control. In order to drown out sounds somewhere else, you should not increase the volume. And we suggest using apps or configurations to ensure that your volume doesn’t unintentionally become hazardously high.

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

Tip 5: Get Your Hearing Checked

You may think that getting a hearing test is something you do only when your hearing begins to diminish. Without a standard to compare results to, it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your ears.

Acquiring data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can best be achieved by scheduling a hearing examination and screening. This will give you a little extra context for future hearing choices and ear protection.

Keep an Eye on Your Hearing

It would be ideal if you could always safeguard your hearing without any difficulty. But challenges are always going to be there. So protect your ears whenever you can, as often as possible. You should also get your ears examined routinely. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.