The following are some tips on how you can making some simple changes to your lifestyle to prevent noises form hurting your ears:
Turn down the volume. You may like to listen to your music and TV shows on a louder setting, but over time, this can provide for health issues. One way to prevent this is to change all your volume outputs to a specific maximum volume limit. This will prevent you from raising the volume over a specific amount. Sounds at or above 85 decibels put you at significant risk if you listen or watch at lengthy periods of time.
Move away from the noise. To reduce sound intensity and the impact of noise on your ears, increase the distance between you and the noise. Think of this simple step when you are near fireworks, watch from afar if you can. When going to a concert or a bar, avoid sitting anywhere near speakers. Your ears, and head the next day, will thank you.
Wear hearing protectors, such as earplugs or earmuffs. If you just can't seem to stay away from loud noises, or want to sit up close during a concert then perhaps ear plugs are a great fit for you. Earplugs or earmuffs can provide an easy solution for preventing loud noises from attacking your ears. If you are a parent of young children, this is an absolute must if you take them to watch fireworks, or other locations with loud noises. They are cheap, effective and will absolutely help you in the long run.
If you suspect you may have a hearing loss, please give us a call at 1-800-BELTONE to schedule a FREE hearing screening.