Worker sitting on a folding chair wearing a red plaid shirt and work overalls getting ready to put protective headphones on.

Your ability to hear is valuable – once it’s gone, the likelihood of getting it back in its natural form is slim to nil. But curiously, the general public tends to neglect hearing loss. In the US alone, one in eight people over the age of 12 copes with neglected and irreversible hearing loss.

Protecting your hearing from the beginning is the best and easiest way to prevent hearing loss, but if you already have hearing loss you can recover much of your hearing with a hearing aid.

Protect your hearing with these five tips:

Earbuds should be avoided

Earbuds have been a mobile device accessory since the early 2000s and are one of the biggest dangers to hearing. Nearly every smartphone on the market comes with a pair of these little devices that sit snugly in your ear and pump sound straight into your ear canal. You can get irreversible hearing damage by listening to music or a movie on your mobile device at full volume for only 15 minutes. Over the ear style headphones, especially the ones with noise canceling technology, would be a better option. No matter what devices you use, you should follow the 60/60 rule – keep the volume at 60% maximum and only use the devices for 60 minutes each day.

Reduce the volume

Your hearing can be damaged by other things besides earbuds. Loud sounds from a radio or TV can do as much harm if you consistently listen to them over a prolonged period of time. Gun ranges, concerts, construction zone, and other noisy environments should be avoided. It might be unrealistic to completely avoid these environments especially if they’re part of your job. The next item on the list will be significant if you’re in this situation.

Hearing protection will help

Hearing protection is crucial if you work in an environment or enjoy hobbies that expose you to loud sounds. Hearing loss can happen in just 15 minutes at 85 decibels. Compare that to the following:

  • The noise of a construction site can be over 130 decibels and many workers spend 40 or more hours every week there
  • Most concerts are between 100 and 120 decibels with headliners commonly playing for around an hour and 20 minutes
  • Over a one hour visit to the indoor gun range, your ears are repeatedly exposed to gunfire that clocks in at over 150 decibels on average

The moral here is that you should invest in some sort of hearing protection like earmuffs or earplugs if you take part in any of these activities.

Take auditory breaks

Sometimes you simply need to give your ears a break. If you engaged in any of the activities listed above, you really should make certain to take some quiet time for yourself so your ears can rest and recuperate, even if you were using hearing protection. That means, you probably shouldn’t get into your car and start blasting loud music right after you leave a 3-hour concert.

Check your medicine

Your medicine may actually have a significant effect on your hearing. There are certain medications that have been proven to trigger hearing loss including certain heart and cancer medicines, aspirin, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medication. Fortunately, medication related hearing loss usually only happens when more than one of these medications are taken together making it far less common.

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Resources

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/how_does_loud_noise_cause_hearing_loss.html
https://armeddefense.org/hearing-protection
https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/tf3092

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