Yes, you read it right, noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable.
You just have to make sure you’ll not be exposed to loud noise (not higher than 80 dB(A) for 8 hours per day)
Here are some simple things you can do each day to help achieve that goal:
1. Use earplugs around loud noises
Approximately 15% of Americans have noise-induced hearing loss because of loud work or leisure environments
Clubs, concerts, lawnmowers, chainsaws, and any other noises that force you to shout so the person next to you can hear your voice all create dangerous levels of sound.
Earplugs are convenient and easy to obtain. You can even have a pair custom fitted for your ears by your local hearing healthcare provider.
2. Turn the volume down
According to the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults worldwide are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss from unsafe use of audio devices.
If you like to enjoy music through headphones or earbuds, you can protect your ears by following the 60/60 rule:
The suggestion is to listen with headphones at no more than 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.
Earbuds are especially dangerous, as they fit directly next to the eardrum. If possible, opt for over-the-ear headphones.
3. Don’t allow water to get in your ear
While enjoying your favourite water sports such as swimming, water skiing, surfing, diving, etc., it is important to protect your ears from the water and prevent it from entering the ear canal. The use of earplugs is advisable, especially if you are susceptible to frequent ear infections.
4. Maintain good ear hygiene
Taking care of your hearing means maintaining good ear hygiene but remember to clean your ears carefully and use products that are specially designed for this purpose.
It is good to remember that earwax is a natural protector of the ear and unless its amount is excessive, thickened, and causing problems, it should not be removed, especially with the help of cotton buds that may damage the ear canal or eardrum.
5. Get up and move
Did you know that exercise is good for your ears? It’s true.
Cardio exercises like walking, running, or cycling gets the blood pumping to all parts of your body, including the ears.
This helps the ears’ internal parts stay healthy and working to their maximum potential.
Make sure to stay safe! When cycling, always wear a helmet. If you fall and hit your head, a concussion can harm your hearing.Follow me: