Woman protects her hearing with ear muffs while doing yardwork.

Eating right and protecting your hearing have some parallels. It sounds good, but not many of us have a very good idea of where to start. This is particularly 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 daily living, so your auditory acuity can be preserved if you practice these tips.

The more you can do to slow down the impairment of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.

Tip 1: Ear Protection You Can Wear

The most basic and practical way that you can safeguard your hearing is to protect your ears. This means taking basic steps to lessen the amount of loud and damaging noises you’re exposed to.

For most people, this will mean wearing ear protection when it’s needed. Two basic forms of protection are available:

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

Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. Each type has its benefits. What’s important is that you pick some hearing protection that you feel comfortable wearing.

Tip 2: When Sound Becomes Harmful, be Aware of It

But when to use hearing protection is the question. We’re used to associating dangerous noise with painful noise. But the truth is that sounds can begin to damage your hearing at a much lower level than you might expect. After just a couple hours, for instance, the sounds of traffic are enough to injure your hearing. Knowing when sound becomes harmful, then, is a necessary step in safeguarding your hearing.

The following threshold is when sound becomes hazardous:

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

Tip 3: Make Your Phone Into a Sound Meter

Now that we have a general understanding of what levels of sound might be dangerous, we can take some precautions to ensure we minimize our exposure. The trick is that, once you’re out in the real world, it can be challenging to determine 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.

In order to get an understanding of what harmful levels of noise really sound like, use your sound meter to check the decibel level of everything you are hearing.

Tip 4: Keep Track of Your Volume Buttons

A smartphone with earbuds is usually the way people listen to music nowadays. Your hearing is put at risk with this combination. Your ears can be considerably harmed if you set your earbuds to high over a long period of time.

Somonitoring the volume control means protecting your ears. In order to drown out sounds elsewhere, you should not increase the volume. in order to make certain that volume doesn’t get too high, we suggest using volume settings or app settings.

If your hearing begins to decline, earbuds can become something of a negative feedback loop; you could find yourself constantly raising the volume of your earbuds in order to compensate for your faltering hearing, and in the process doing more damage to your hearing.

Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Checked

You might think that having a hearing exam 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 ears without a standard to compare results to.

Creating data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can best be accomplished by scheduling a hearing examination and screening. This will give you some extra perspective for future hearing choices and ear protection.

Pay Attention to Your Hearing

In a perfect world, protecting your hearing would be something you could do continuously without any problem. But there will always be obstacles. So safeguard your ears when you can, as often as you can. You should also have your hearing tested routinely. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.