Hearing loss is more common than most people realize. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) states that 48 million people in the US report some hearing loss. For those aged 65+, approximately 1 in 3 have a hearing loss.
Hearing loss can range from mild to profound, but it isn’t something you should accept as an inevitable part of aging. The impact hearing loss has on your life can be far-reaching including health risks, social interactions, and career/financial concerns.
With this in mind, we would like to share our top tips to protect your hearing health.
Tips to Protect Your Hearing Health
Noise is one huge factor that can cause hearing loss. If you work in a noisy environment, such as a factory with machinery or an open-plan office space, your employer should provide appropriate equipment and provisions to reduce the risk of noise induced hearing loss.
Exposure to noise above 85dB for 8 hours or more can cause hearing loss. Sounds above 120dB can cause immediate damage. You may be exposed to dangerous noise in your place of work.
We recommend you download a decibel meter so that you can check noise levels wherever you are. Alongside noise awareness, other tips to prevent hearing loss include:
- Use hearing protection wherever necessary.
- Take regular quiet breaks from noisy environments.
- Take care when listening to music. Invest in noise-cancelling over the ear headphones rather than in-ear buds. Follow the 60/60 rule for music listening. Listen at 60% of the maximum volume and for no longer than 60 minutes before taking a 5-10 minute break.
- Stay fit and healthy, follow a healthy eating plan and exercise regularly.
- Have regular hearing checks and use your hearing aid if you have one.
If you have been putting off getting your hearing checked because you worry about wearing a hearing aid, take a look at our discreet devices. Hearing technology has advanced a great deal over recent years, and the devices of today are barely visible.
Reduce your risks of hearing loss by following our tips above. Most importantly, stay on top of regular hearing assessments, to ensure that any changes to your hearing are caught early. If you’d like to learn more, or to book an appointment today, call 208-497-3596.