Tips on how to prevent hearing loss
Here at Sound Hearing Group, hearing is our business. We provide comprehensive services to identify, evaluate, and treat hearing loss. We are committed to hearing health. And one critical element of hearing health is protecting your hearing.
Hearing loss is currently the third most common medical condition in the United States. In some cases, hearing loss occurs gradually and naturally. But in some cases, hearing loss could be prevented. Once you’ve lost your hearing, the damage is irreversible. This is why it’s important to protect your hearing while you’ve got it!
Here are five ways you could protect your hearing every day.
1) Wear Custom Ear Protection, while at work and play
Whether on the job or pursuing your passions – be they music or hunting – it is important to use custom ear protection. Exposure to loud noises, on a regular basis, will eventually lead to noise-induced hearing loss. Specialists estimate that 15% of Americans have noise-induced hearing loss due to loud work or leisure environments.
These noises are all around us, from our lawnmowers to our hairdryers, from that live concert we attended at a club or the fireworks we set off this summer on the 4th of July. If you are regularly exposed to loud sounds as a musician, consider getting musicians’ earplugs, which filter out the dangerous decibels while allowing you to hear the music.
Custom ear protection is molded to fit your ears specifically, providing much better protection than generic foam or silicon ear plugs.
2) Turn Down the Volume!
The World Health Organization has consistently noted the rise of noise-induced hearing loss in younger populations, due to the ubiquity of earbuds and personal electronic devices. These devices have a long battery life and no cap to the volume. With earbuds, people tend to turn the volume up even high to block out the external noises of the environment.
Hearing specialists recommend turning down the volume and adhering to the 60-60 rule: 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day. Additionally, the use of noise-canceling headphones would be a healthier alternative for your ears, as they will cut out background noise.
3) Avoid Cotton Swabs
If you’ve got earwax buildup, your first instinct may be to reach for cotton swabs. However, cotton swabs are actually quite harmful for your ears. Earwax is naturally produced by your body and plays an important role in your ear’s health. It works as an insect repellent and ensures that dirt and bacteria do not make their way to your inner ear. Cotton swabs actually push the earwax further into your ear canal, which could cause blockage, and thus hearing loss.
If you have excess earwax, please visit us for an evaluation.
4) Stay Active and Manage Stress Levels
Did you know that your hearing health and your overall physical health are related? Certain forms of hearing loss are caused by medical conditions such as high blood pressure. Staying active and eating a diet with nutrients to support your auditory process are great for your hearing.
If swimming is your sport of choice, however, consider getting swimmer’s earplugs. Too much water in the ear canal could lead to infection, which could adversely affect your hearing.
5) Schedule an Annual Hearing Test
People with glasses get their eyes checked once a year. Most people have an annual physical from their doctors. For optimal hearing health, it is recommended that people age 50 and over schedule an annual hearing test. One in three Americans age 65+ experience some degree of hearing loss. An annual hearing test ensures that your hearing is monitored. Any changes will be detected sooner, rather than later, which will benefit you in the long run with your hearing health.
For more information on hearing and to schedule a consultation, contact us at Sound Hearing Group today!