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Learning about hearing problems from noise is something that most people have little knowledge about. Noise pollution is all around us. Understanding how it can harm your ability to hear should be part of a healthy lifestyle. You want to keep yourself in great physical condition for as many years as possible. This includes being able to hear everything around you.
Things You Can Do to Help Stop Hearing Loss
You can prevent damage to your hearing by following a few strategies. Avoiding loud noise is the best solution. Wearing hearing protection is indispensable when you have to be around a noisy environment. Earplugs or earmuffs are important safety products to protect your hearing. Hearing protectors are inexpensive items when you consider the real cost of losing it without them.
Turning the volume lower on televisions and stereos can reduce the chances of having hearing issues. Wear hearing protection when working outdoors around power equipment. Keep earplugs in your automobile when traveling to have handy when you’re around crowded events. Purchase any hearing protection you might believe is practical for having handy at home.
You can purchase custom-designed earplugs through an audiologist if you prefer added comfort. Earmuffs are available with built-in radio reception for listening to ballgames at the sports stadiums while protecting your hearing from the loud crowd noise.
Types of Noise That Can Cause Hearing Problems
Anything below 80 decibels is considered normal exposure for wearing no type of hearing protection. Sound levels above 85 decibels are unsafe. Those sounds or noises can be associated with an explosive type of device. Firecrackers and fireworks are good examples. A shooting range where multiple shots are fired is over the decibel-rating limit for normal exposure. That activity requires earmuffs or earplugs for protection.
Loud stereos and concerts can cause hearing damage. You can know what loud is by the amount of noise that is created. A parade with crowd noise and bands playing can be loud enough to require hearing protection. Operating off-road vehicles can be above normal exposure ratings. Using power tools can create high noise levels that cause hearing damage.
Jet noise from a takeoff can have up to a 130-decibel rating. Lawnmowers can have a rating between 85-90 decibels. Both are considered too loud for extended exposure unless hearing protection is worn. Never expose your ability to hear well to noise levels above 85 decibels without ear protection.
How Do You Know If Your Hearing Has Been Affected?
You should be able to notice when you’re having hearing problems. If you can’t understand what someone is saying to you without reading lip movements, you probably have hearing difficulties. The sound from speech or music is muffled in one ear can be a signal you have an issue. Asking others to speak louder at a public place is another signal that something is wrong with your hearing. You can’t understand what someone is saying on the phone is related to loss of hearing.
Are you having ringing in your ears? This is called tinnitus. The condition can cause a buzzing type of noise in the ears. It can be temporary or last for a long time. Being around loud environments and sounds can cause it. Another cause of it could be an infection in the ears. Some medications can cause symptoms of Tinnitus. The noise can vary in pitch. The noise can become bothersome when you’re alone in a quiet setting.
Do You Need A Hearing Exam?
Everyone needs to consider having a hearing examination. You can learn how good your hearing is through the extensive test the audiologist performs during the visit. This kind of exam should be performed every several years. Some people like to have their hearing checked about every two years.
Damage to your hearing will only worsen with age. Hearing problems can make it hard to understand what other employees and management are explaining to you at the workplace. Some people with hearing issues withdraw from social settings because they can’t hear conversations correctly. Make it a point to see an audiologist for an exam regularly. Schedule a visit with us if you ever develop an infection or experience pain in your ears.