4 Tips to Prevent Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects close to 50 million adults in the U.S. By the time we reach 65 years of age, approximately 1 in 3 of us will have impaired hearing. Even if you are not experiencing hearing loss, it’s likely that you know someone who is. 

Hearing loss isn’t something that you have to accept as a “natural” part of the aging process. Although hearing loss is common, there are things you can do to help protect your hearing health. Today, we’re looking at 4 tips to prevent hearing loss. 

4 Tips to Prevent Hearing Loss

It’s easier than you might think to help protect your hearing health. A few simple lifestyle changes can have a big impact. Here are 4 tips to prevent hearing loss:

  1.  Noise Awareness

Noise has damaged the hearing of 17% of Americans between 20 – 69 years old, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. Noise induced hearing loss is a common cause of hearing loss. 

Noise is measured in decibels (dB). Exposure to noise above 85db for 8 hours or more can cause hearing loss. Sounds above 120 db can cause immediate damage. To help put this into perspective, here’s how loud everyday items can be: 

  • Whispering – 30 dB
  • Normal Conversation – 60 – 70 dB
  • Washing Machine – 70 dB
  • Commuting Traffic – 85 dB
  • Emergency Sirens – 120 dB

A decibel meter can help you identify potentially dangerous noise. You can download a decibel reader to your smartphone. Get started with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Sound Level Meter app here

  1.  Use Hearing Protection

Now that we’ve looked at the dangers of noise, it’s time to look at hearing protection. If you know that you are going to be in a noisy environment, make sure you’re using hearing protection. 

If you work in a noisy environment, such as a factory, your employer should be providing you with appropriate hearing protection. 

  1.  Use Headphones Carefully 

We get it. Your favorite song starts streaming through your headphones. The first temptation is to turn up the volume and drown out the world around us. It can leave you feeling immersed in the music!

Unfortunately, this can also pose dangers to your hearing health. If you’re going to be using headphones or earbuds, practice the 60/60 rule. Listen 

If you work in a noisy environment, such as a factory, your employer should be providing you with appropriate hearing protection. 60% of the maximum volume and for no longer than 60 minutes before taking a 5-10 minute break.

  1.  Stay on Top of Hearing Assessments 

Changes to your hearing can happen gradually over time. This means it can be difficult to identify if your hearing has changed. 

Regular hearing assessments are a great way to stay on top of your hearing health. Your hearing healthcare specialist will be able to identify any changes to your hearing – possibly before you even do. Early detection can help minimize the impact of hearing loss. 

Just as you’d book an annual physical, we recommend annual hearing assessments. If you’re overdue, the team at Hearing Aid Specialists of CT would be happy to see you. To book an appointment, call us on 888-657-5768. Alternatively, click here to request your appointment online.

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