How to Protect Your Hearing

Our ears are one of our most important resources. They allow us to hear our friends, loved ones, and co-workers speaking to us. They also allow us to hear the warning sounds of danger, such as a tornado siren or the honking of a car horn.

Unfortunately, it is quite easy to put our ear health at risk. Working in a loud factory around noisy machinery, for instance, can increase your risk for hearing loss. Listening to music too loudly through headphones or earbuds can damage hearing as well, as can frequent concert attendance.

Perhaps one of the biggest ways you can put your hearing at risk, though, is neglecting to get your ears checked if you notice a possible deterioration in your hearing.

Hearing loss is not always preventable, but in order to keep our ears as healthy and as high-functioning as possible, there are steps we can take to minimise our risk. These steps are simple and easy to put into practice, so in the end, the only thing you lose is the risk of hearing loss.

Know when your surroundings are too loud

If you have to shout to be heard by someone near you or if you have trouble hearing them over the background noise, then your surroundings are too loud. A noise is too loud if it hurts your ears to listen to it or if you find that after you move away from the noise, things sound muffled or there is a ringing in your ears.

Sound is measured in decibels, and any sound over 85 decibels can cause harm to the ears if you are exposed to it for a long period of time. Some examples of sounds over 85 decibels are the sound of motorcycle engines, music listened to at full volume through headphones, the sound of a hairdryer next to your ear, or the sound of a plane taking off. If possible, try to limit the amount of time you spend around these types of sounds in order to protect your ears from long-term damage.

Protect your ears with earplugs (and frequent breaks)

If you absolutely have to be around loud noises, be sure to protect your ears while you are there. If you are working in a factory, for instance, wear earplugs when working near loud machinery. Taking a break from the loud noise every 15 minutes is also recommended.

If you are going to a concert, don’t stand next to the speakers and consider wearing musician’s earplugs, which don’t muffle the music but reduce the volume nonetheless.

Turn down the volume

Most teenagers (and even many adults) enjoy listening to music at high volumes through headphones or in the car. Unfortunately, this is one of the best ways to damage your hearing, and can even lead to having to use hearing aids later in life. Turning down the volume of the music you are listening to until it is at a comfortable, safe volume is a great way to protect your ears against damage.

Get a hearing test

Last but not least, getting your hearing checked at the first sign of trouble can mean the difference between healthy ears and permanent hearing loss. Signia’s online hearing test can provide a first indication if you might have hearing loss. You can take the test online or via the app on your smartphone.

While it is not meant to replace the expertise of a doctor, the results of the test can let you know if there is something you need to get checked, or if your hearing is at an optimal level.

Your hearing is vital to living a healthy, safe, happy life, so be sure to do all you can to protect the health of your ears.

Contact us for a free hearing test in your home or at one of our clinics.

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Robert Hood RHAD – Hearing Care Professional

Being an Independent Hearing Aid Audiologist I am able to offer a very large range of Signia Hearing Instruments. This ensures that my clients have a maximum choice of selection and price.

All hearing tests are free and without obligation, and entirely confidential. Only by having a hearing test can we ascertain whether you are a candidate for a hearing aid or not. Any aid supplied by us carries a 30-day written satisfaction or money back guarantee.

Being an independent company means we can offer the very latest technology to suit your own specific needs, including television and radio amplifiers, tinnitus maskers, customised aids, loud or vibrating alarm clocks, shake wake alarm clocks, travel alarm clocks, telephone amplifiers, vibrating flashing alarm watches with neon lights, bone conduction and spectacle hearing aids and much much more.

Our repair service to customers old and new is fast and efficient for most types of hearing aids. We know only too well how a hearing aid is missed when something goes wrong or if it needs cleaning or servicing.

Batteries can be bought in any of our hearing aid centres or by post from us direct. Our clients also make savings by the use of battery voucher books or buying by the box.