Unfortunately, hearing loss is not something that can always be prevented. Sometimes as you get older, your hearing will just naturally deteriorate. There are a few things you can do to protect your hearing. Exposure to loud noises is often a factor in hearing loss.
Avoid loud noises
Whilst not always practical, you should keep away from loud noise as much as you can. A noise is probably loud enough to cause damage if you have to raise your voice to talk to other people. Another sign is if your ears are hurting from the noise. If you have a ringing in your ears after, it was probably too loud.
Be careful listening to music
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but listening to loud music through earphones / headphones is a big danger to your hearing. You can try using noise cancelling headphones which will block out the outside noise. You should only have the volume up to a level where you can hear the music comfortably. Generally you shouldn’t listen to music at any more than 60% of the maximum volume. You should take a 5 minute break from your ear/headphones each hour to give your ears a rest.
A loud event / activity such as going to a nightclub, gig or sporting event can be damaging to your hearing. Always try to move away from the source of loud noise, generally the loudspeakers. Try to take a break from the noise every 15 minutes. You could also consider wearing earplugs.
If you are exposed to loud noises at work, speak to your manager about switching to quieter equipment. If this isn’t possible, make sure you aren’t exposed to the loud noise for too long a period and always try to wear appropriate hearing protection such as ear muffs / plugs.
Get your hearing tested
If you are worried about hearing loss, book a hearing test today. The earlier any hearing loss is picked up, the quicker we can do something about it. Give us a call or drop us an email today for more information.