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A Quick Guide to Protecting Your Hearing

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A lot of people are worried about hearing loss, especially as they get older. While hearing loss is unavoidable in a lot of circumstances, there are also many cases whereby hearing loss could have been prevented if the person in question took the right steps in order to protect their hearing, including regular tests with an audiologist. With that in mind, continue reading to discover some of the different steps that you should follow in order to protect your hearing:

  • Avoid loud noises: There is only one place to begin when it comes to protecting your hearing, and this is to avoid loud noises whenever it is possible. This is the most effective way to protect yourself from noise-induced hearing loss. Generally, a noise is going to be loud enough to cause damage to your hearing if you have a ringing your ears afterwards or your hearing is muffled. The same applies if the noise hurts your ears, you are unable to hear what other people are saying nearby, as well as if you have to raise your voice in order to speak with other people. Decibels (dB) is the unit that is used to measure noise levels. The higher the number is, the louder the noise. If something is louder than 85dB, it is harmful, especially if you are going to be exposed to the noise for an extended period of time. For example, a plane taking off is 120 dB, listening to music on full volume through headphones is typically between 100 and 110dB and a motorbike is 90dB.
  • Get your hearing test regularly: It is important to make sure you have your hearing tested regularly. How often depends on your age, as well as your exposure to different risk factors, for example, whether or not you work in a noisy environment. You should also make sure you get your hearing tested whenever you notice any symptoms that are associated with hearing loss. If you do have any sort of hearing loss, the sooner that it is detected, the earlier something can be done about it, so it really does not benefit you in any case to delay getting a hearing test.
  • Take precautions in the workplace: It is also important to speak to your manager or human resources (HR) department if you are exposed to loud noises while you are at work. Your employer is required to make changes to lower your exposure to loud noise. Your employer may provide hearing protection, ensure you are not exposed to loud noises for extended periods and switch to quieter equipment whenever you can.
  • Protect your hearing during loud activities and events: When you are at a sports event, gig or nightclub, stay away from any sources of loud noises. You should also consider wearing earplugs and take a break from the noise every 15 minutes if you are able to. You also need to make sure that your hearing has around 18 hours to recover once there has been exposure to a lot of loud noise. 
  • Take care when you are listening to music: Finally, listening to loud music through headphones and earphones is one of the biggest dangers to your hearing. To help to avoid damage to your hearing, there are several different things you can do in this regard. For example, do not use headphones or earphones for more than one hour per time. Make sure you always take at least a five-minute break. You should also make sure you don’t listen to music at higher than 60 percent of the maximum volume, as well as investing in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones or earphones. Another tip is to make sure that you are always listening to the music at a volume whereby you can hear it comfortably, but not higher.

Contact Hearing Aid Consultants of North Mississippi today to book a hearing device 

We can get you booked in for a hearing test as soon as possible if you are worried about your hearing. We can also provide you with more specialist advice on how to protect your hearing so that you do not experience any hearing loss. If you would like to find out more about Hearing Aid Consultants of North Mississippi and the service that we provide, all you need to do is give us a call today for more information at 662-234-1337. Don’t delay when it comes to your hearing!