Audiology Ear Care - New Brighton, MN

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Eating right and protecting your hearing have some parallels. It’s hard to know where to begin even though it sounds like a smart idea. If there aren’t any apparent noise dangers and you don’t think your environment is very noisy, this is especially true. But day-to-day life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so your auditory acuity can be maintained if you practice these tips.

The more you can do to slow down the impairment of your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds around you.

Tip 1: Wearable Ear Protection

Using hearing protection is the most practical and simple way to safeguard your hearing. This means taking basic actions to lessen the amount of loud and harmful noises you’re subjected to.

For many people, this will mean utilizing ear protection when it’s called for. Hearing protection normally comes in two basic forms:

  • Ear Muffs, which are placed over the ears.
  • Ear Plugs, which are put in the ear canal.

Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. Each style has its positive aspects. Your choice of hearing protection should, most importantly, feel comfortable.

Tip 2: When Sound Becomes Dangerous, be Aware of It

But how can you tell when to use hearing protection? We’re used to associating dangerous noise with painful noise. But much lower volumes of sound can damage your ears than you might think. After just a couple hours, as an example, the sounds of traffic are enough to injure your ears. Knowing when sound becomes dangerous, then, is a necessary step in safeguarding your hearing.

The following threshold is when sound becomes hazardous:

  • 95-100 dB: This is about the sound level you’d expect from farm equipment or the normal volume of your earbuds. After around 15-20 minutes this level of sound becomes hazardous.
  • Over 100 dB: Your ears can be very rapidly injured by this. Anything over this limit can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. Rock concerts and jet engines, for instance, can damage your ears in around thirty seconds.
  • 85 decibels (dB): After around two hours this level of sound is harmful.This is the level of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.

Tip 3: Turn Your Phone Into a Sound Meter

We can take steps to minimize our exposure, now that we have a concept of what volumes will be dangerous. The trick is that, once you’re out and about in the real world, it can be hard to determine what’s loud and what isn’t.

That’s where your smartphone can become a handy little tool. Sound meter apps exist for every type of smartphone.

In order to get an idea of what harmful levels of noise actually sound like, use your sound meter to check the decibel level of everything you are hearing.

Tip 4: Keep Track of Your Volume Settings

A smartphone with earbuds is commonly the way people listen to music nowadays. This sets up a dangerous situation for your hearing. Over time, earbuds set to a sufficiently high level can cause significant injury to your ears.

That’s why protecting your ears means keeping a sharp eye on your volume management. You should not raise the volume to drown out noises somewhere else. in order to make sure that volume doesn’t get too high, we recommend using volume settings or app settings.

If your hearing begins to wane, earbuds can become a negative feedback loop; in order to compensate for your declining hearing, you could find yourself continuously rising the volume of your earbuds, and in the process doing more harm to your ears.

Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Tested

You might think that having a hearing exam is something you do only when your hearing starts to diminish. Without a standard to compare results to, it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your ears.

Generating data that can be used for both diagnostic applications and for treatment can best be achieved by scheduling a hearing examination and screening. This will give you some extra context for future hearing decisions and ear protection.

Keep an Eye on Your Ears

In an ideal world, protecting your ears would be something you could do continuously without any difficulty. But challenges are always going to be there. So safeguard your hearing when you can, as often as possible. You should also have your ears examined routinely. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.

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