Typically, hearing loss results from damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear, which can often be caused by too much noise. This type of hearing loss is usually permanent, but it can be avoided. Try these 5 things to help prevent it from occurring:
5 Ways to Prevent Hearing Loss
- Use earplugs. The louder the noise and the longer you are exposed to it, the more damage it can do. Be sure to wear earplugs or earmuffs when exposed to loud noises and either leave the situation or take as many breaks from it as possible.
- Turn down the volume. Don’t listen to music at very high volumes. (Hint: if the person next to you can hear the tunes from your headphones, it is too loud)
- Be aware of the noise environment at your workplace. Noise or vibrations at certain types of jobs cause damage to the inner ear. If you feel it may be detrimental to your hearing health, talk to your HR or manager about either reducing the noise or obtaining some sort of hearing protection.
- Opt for headphones over earbuds. Earbuds are less effective at drowning out background noise, which means users tend to turn the volume up more.
- Obey the 60:60 rule. When enjoying music, listen to your music at 60% of the maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.
In addition to the above, it is recommended that you abstain from smoking. Tobacco can make you more likely to lose your hearing. Ear wax buildup can also result in hearing difficulties. Steer clear of cotton swabs for cleaning, as they can push wax deeper in. Choose an at-home irrigation kit, which will allow you to soften wax and gently wash it out.
If you believe you are losing your hearing, schedule an appointment with a certified audiologist immediately. Problems can get worse over time, which makes early intervention critical.
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