No matter where you go, loud noises are unavoidable. However, protecting your ears is possible, especially if you stay knowledgeable about the situations where your hearing is most at risk. You may not realize it, but earbuds, headphones, and speakers can seriously damage your eardrums, as well as your ear fibers.
Even though it is impossible to prevent many different types of hearing loss, you can prevent noise-induced hearing loss, which is the second most common cause. Follow these simple, easy tips for healthy hearing.
Hearing Health Care Tips
If there is so much noise around you that you need to talk louder than you usually would, that is a decent sign that the noise is hurting your hearing. Most people don’t feel any warning signs, like pain and ringing in the ears, until their hearing is already damaged. If you notice loud noises don’t bother you as much as they used to, that could mean that you have already lost some of your hearing.
Here are some tips to consider if you want to protect yourself from hearing loss:
- If you’re listening to the radio, television, or music, turn the volume down
- Use hearing protection in places where loud noises are common—earplugs can be customized to reduce sound levels
- Limit time exposure when in the presence of loud noises
- Whenever possible, avoid noisy activities
- When at concerts, fitness classes, or other places with loud noises, take breaks
- Know the warning signs of hearing loss, like ringing and buzzing in the ears
- Get regular hearing tests, checkups, and screenings
- Keep foreign objects out of your ear, like cotton swabs, bobby pins, toothpicks, long fingernails, or anything else that you may use to scratch or clean your ears
- Exercise as much as you can—this keeps your blood pumping throughout your body, including your ears, which can help keep the internal parts healthy
Hearing loss is the number one public health threat that people don’t typically recognize. Tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss are completely preventable by following the tips above. There are tiny fibers inside your ear that help you hear; however, over time, a lot of loud noise can damage these fibers. Once that happens, there is very little you can do to reverse it.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—start protecting your ears now. Amdahl Hearing can help by providing hearing tests, hearing aid repairs, custom hearing protection, and other services that can help you prioritize your hearing health. Contact us today to get started.