The Top 9 Ways to Prevent Hearing Loss

 

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  1. Limit your use of headphones/earbuds

Don’t leave your earbuds in for long amounts of time. Take regular breaks and give your ears a rest. Feeding music directly into your ear for hours at a time is not good for you hearing, and can cause problems down the road if you’ve been doing it regularly.

 2) Lower the volume of your music

Try to keep your music at a mid-to-low volume. Usually, letting it get louder than ⅔ of the volume bar on your phone is not good for your ears. Lower the volume on the music coming through your earbuds, as well as music coming from external speakers, especially if you’re close to the speakers.

     3) Bring earplugs to any loud events or venues

Going to a concert without earplugs can be a big mistake, especially if you end up standing near the speakers or the band. Combine that noise with the screaming fans around you, and you’re in for an evening of very loud noise. To prevent tinnitus and any lasting damage, always bring a pair or two of earplugs to a concert, sports event, or anything similar.

     4) Be aware of day-to-day city noise

If you live in a big city, you’re probably exposed to a lot of noise every day of the week. Construction, honking cars, police sirens, and etc. can all hit you just as you’re walking down the street. Living in a place like this for several years can accumulate damage over time to your hearing, so get your hearing checked regularly, and try to avoid the noisiest areas of where you live.

    5) Avoid alcohol at loud places

Being intoxicated can decrease your awareness of the noise around you and any pain it may be causing. You may be exposed to way too much noise and not even realize it, let alone protect yourself from it.

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6) Be cautious of noisy occupations

If you work in construction, at a concert venue, or any other job where you’re surrounded by noise for the majority of your work day, then be particularly careful with taking care of your hearing. Regular hearing check-ups, ear protection, and taking quiet breaks are vital to staying healthy while in a loud profession.

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7) Talk with a specialist/audiologistGetting an expert’s opinion on how your lifestyle, place of living, and activities are affecting your hearing can be very beneficial. Find out what you should be doing to have absolutely minimal hearing damage in your lifetime, and find out as early as you can.

 

 

   8) Learn about any other risk factors that may affect you

Family history, other illnesses, aging, and certain medications can all increase your risk for hearing damage. If any of these affect you or you’re uncertain, talk to your doctor and see what you need to do to prevent any further damage.

    9) Don’t ignore the problem

If you’re young, relatively healthy, and don’t notice any major problems, you may not think you need to worry about any hearing loss. But your behaviors and exposure to noise, as well as any medical conditions you may not know about, can accumulate over time. You may start to see damage to your hearing far before you expected to. But this can be prevented by taking care of yourself and being educated on the causes and risks of hearing loss.

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