In this day and age, it is almost impossible to get a moment of peace. Everywhere you go, you are exposed to noise of different kinds, and often, it is your sense of hearing that takes the brunt of it all.
Most people in the U.S. don’t know how loud is too loud. The Northumberland Hearing Center and other experts say it is important to be aware of how much noise your ears can take. They say continued exposure to noise at or above 80 to 85 decibels over time may lead to hearing loss.
As hearing loss due to noise exposure can be irreversible, it is of paramount importance that you take care of your hearing. Here are some pointers to give your ears a rest:
Turn the volume down a notch
The rule of thumb is if the person next to you can hear your music, the volume of your music player is probably too loud. If possible, give your ears a break every half an hour or so, or lower the volume. If you have difficulty hearing, better use headphones with noise-cancellation features.
Earplugs are your best buddy
If you are in an environment where there is loud noise such as live concerts or a construction area, make sure to bring earplugs or earmuffs with you. These ear protectors do not block out the noise, but they help lower the chances of the noise damaging your hearing.
Move away from the source of the noise
If you are not able to protect your ears or lower the volume of the noise, it’s better to move away from the source. If you are working in an environment that exposes you to continued noise, check with your employer if there is any way you can protect your hearing.
Have your ears checked
Most people do not have their ears checked until when their hearing problem has worsened. See a hearing health professional regularly so you can prevent irreversible hearing loss.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to start taking care of your ears and protecting your hearing health.