Can you imagine a world without hearing? Unfortunately, many of us take our hearing for granted until it’s too late. While there are devices that can help with hearing loss, once you cause noise damage to your hearing, it is irreversible. However, it’s not too late to help preserve your hearing, even if you already have some hearing loss.
What Causes Noise Related Hearing Loss?
There are a number of factors that can cause you to lose your hearing. The most common are age related and noise related hearing loss. Both of these forms occur due to damage to the hair-like nerve cells in the cochlea of the inner ear. Prolonged or frequent exposure to loud noise, such as music, power tools, lawn mowers or gun shots, can cause damage at a younger age. This type of damage is permanent, so it is important to take steps to protect your hearing if you work in or attend loud areas.
How to Limit Damages That Cause Hearing Loss
1. Be aware of sound levels around you
A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot talk to someone 2 meters away from you without shouting, the volume is too loud. Avoid loud sounds in confined spaces, such as loud music in your car and if possible, distance yourself from the noise. Noise canceling headphones can help keep the volume in check without turning the volume up.
2. Wear ear protection
Today, there are many different kinds of ear plugs from custom molds to simple foam plugs. If you are going to be in a loud area, consider wearing ear plugs or other forms of noise cancelling ear protection. Also, avoid using cotton swabs inside of your ear, as they can push wax deeper toward the ear drum.
3. Take a Break
Your ears need time to recover from any noise damage, so take a break when possible. After loud noise exposure, your ears need at least 16 hours to recover, so avoid further exposure to loud sounds. A good rule to follow while listening to music is the 60/60 rule. This refers to listening to music at no more than 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes.
4. Schedule a Baseline Hearing Test
It is never too early or too late to get a baseline hearing test. This can help to identify any damage early, before it becomes severe. Be sure to visit a licensed professional to diagnose the current state of your hearing and make any suggestions on prevention.
There are several warning signs to watch for when it comes to loss of hearing, such as a ringing or buzzing in the ear, a “full” feeling after exposure to loud sounds and having difficulty hearing or understand others in conversation. Don’t risk your hearing, take the necessary steps to to protect your ears for years to come. Once noise damage occurs, there is no cure, so it is important to be aware of the possible risks. For more ways to protect you or your health, just call us at 724-929-2300. We have health and life insurance plans that fit you and your needs, not a one size fits most plan. Our friendly agents are ready to help you save more on the right insurance.