A recent study at a leading university found nearly one fifth of all Americans have hearing loss so severe it causes communication difficulties. The study, which matched the diversity of the country’s population, specifically included men and women of all races and ages from geographic locations. The researchers also discovered the prevalence of hearing loss almost doubled with every age decade.
Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss – There are precautions you can take now to prevent hearing loss in the future. By implementing basic daily practices, especially at a young age, you can affect real change in the future of your hearing. A major factor in the past was working in loud workplaces and factories which included noise hazards. Now, fewer Americans work in loud offices and factories but are instead exposed to loud noise which is recreational. Hearing loss is increasingly impacts young people with regular exposure to music through earbud headphones, noisy social locations, and music venues.
To improve your life and preserve your hearing now and in the future, take these precautions while listening to music, television shows, and other events:
Use Earplugs – If you are exposed to loud noise on a regular basis, including at work, take precautions to protect your ears by using earplugs. Many of the noise reducing headphones on the market now are highly effective in eliminating sounds. Ask us at Peninsula Hearing Center about the many alternatives available.
Wear Traditional Headphones – Instead of using earbuds that are typically included with most music players and mobile devices, when listening to music or television use old-style headphones that are muff-style. They are better at drowning out background noise so you don’t have to turn up the volume too high.
Use the 60-60 Rule – When you are listening to music, follow a simple and easy to remember rule that is popular in the hearing field. Listen to your music at 60% of the maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.
Turn Down the Volume – When watching TV after work or listening to music through speakers, make an effort to turn down the volume by one or two clicks. When you are talking you shouldn’t have to raise your voice to be heard above the sound of the TV.
Adjust the Volume during Commercials – The volume on commercials from your local markets is typically louder than the volume during the television program. Get into the habit of turning down the volume during commercial breaks.
Enjoy the Silence of the Car – Instead of listening to loud music on your commute to and from work and school, enjoy silence in your car ride. You can decompress from the noises you had to listen to all day while also decreasing the risk of hearing damage by eliminating loud music in the car.
Schedule Regular Hearing Checkups – The process of losing your hearing can be slow and steady. You may not notice the deterioration of your hearing. Having a medical record of your hearing will note minor and rapid changes between the years. Dr. Dena Riso at Peninsula Hearing Center is your partner in protecting and preserving your hearing health.
Recover from Loud Noise – Your brain and body needs time to readjust after being in a loud place. If you come home with your ears ringing, don’t expose yourself to further noise.
A valuable rule of thumb to remember is if you cannot talk to someone only six feet away without yelling at them, then the noise is too loud and can be potentially damaging to the ears. When you go somewhere and hear ringing in your ears after you leave, it was too loud in that noisy place.
You know the importance of preserving your hearing in the long-run. When you hear well, you live well. If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Dena