While many people assume that hearing loss is an issue exclusive to the elderly, it’s prevalence with adults and children makes it the third most common condition affecting Americans (behind arthritis and heart disease). Particularly for individuals in educational or work settings, hearing loss can impact comprehension and therefore compensation.
If you work in a noisy setting, such as a factory or airport, ensure that you have adequate ear protection. Being exposed to 85 decibels for more than eight hours without protection can cause hearing loss. For context, this is approximately the sound of a garbage disposal or dishwasher.
If you enjoy hobbies like shooting or hunting, be sure to use ear protection when heading out as even short-term tinnitus can be uncomfortable (and inconvenient).
It is unlikely that the music festival or rock concert you attended recently (or not so recently) had significant impact on your hearing. Instead, the use of earbuds can stand to impact your hearing more. Listening to excessively loud music over prolonged periods of time isn’t just a concern for teenagers. To help prevent hearing loss, opt for over-the-ear headphones that are noise cancelling (which will help you avoid inadvertently cranking the volume in noisy settings).
Finding a slice of silence can help to regulate your body’s exposure to noise. If you’ve ever experienced a silent space, such as at a spa or yoga retreat, you’ll notice an enhanced sense of hearing afterwards. But even when listening to music or while at work, a pause can be a big help. For example, follow the 60/60 rule for listening to music: listen at 60% of the volume for up to 60 minutes, then take a break.
Regardless of whether you’re young or old, hearing loss prevention should be an important part of everyday life and the hobbies we participate in. If you would like to speak to us about for more tips on how to prevent hearing loss, feel free to contact us today or schedule an appointment online.