The ability to hear is a gift. It’s something to value and protect. After all, anyone can lose their hearing at any time in life. While many things outside our control can cause hearing loss, the one thing over which we do have some control is noise.
Noise causes hearing loss!
Noise threatens our hearing because we hear sound when delicate hair cells in our inner ears vibrate. This creates nerve signals that the brain understands as sound.
How Can You Take Precautions To Prevent Hearing Loss?
- The best way to avoid noise-induced hearing loss is to keep away from loud noises as much as you can
- Events like car racing, shooting ranges, fire works displays, concerts or even movies all have the potential of noise levels high enough that can damage your hearing
- Try to avoid loud gatherings, but if you do attend, wear earplugs or noise cancelling headphones
- Be mindful when listening to music. Don’t listen to music at more than 60% of the maximum volume
- Turn the volume up just enough so that you can hear your music comfortably, but no higher
- If you work with loud equipment, ask for quieter equipment if possible
- Make sure that you are not exposed to loud noises for long periods
Hearing loss due to aging or a chronic illness or other factors may be unpreventable. But hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises is completely avoidable!