Hearing loss - although commonly associated with the elderly, it could happen to anyone regardless of age.
It could happen to young people who don’t think to look after their ears. But what can we do to look after our hearing? Here are some tips you should be aware of to help lower the risk of hearing loss.
1. Rest your ears
If you have recently been to a concert or a nightclub/party, try to stay clear of listening to loud music the morning after, doing so frequently can heighten your risk of hearing loss.
If you find yourself raising your voice to try and shout over noise so you are heard by someone who is within arm's length away, clearly the noise is too loud and could damage your hearing. If you can turn it down or alternatively move away from the origin of the noise.
3. Headphones over earbuds
Headphones will isolate the background noise better than earbuds so you can then lower the volume. Not only that another benefit is that they provide more space between the source of the sound and your inner ear. Choosing headphones over earbuds and listening on a lower volume can in the long term lower the risk of your hearing loss.
4. Volume warnings
If your smartphone or any other device has a volume warning set to pop up when the volume is too loud, utilize it, this would help remind you to take care of your hearing.
5. Suitable volume
If you have to turn down the volume of your smartphone or any other device to have a conversation then it should be obvious to you that it is too loud. It is estimated that by 2035, around 15.6 million people in the UK will have a form of hearing loss* this could be down to the fact that kids these days aged 6 to 19 use earbuds at a very high volume.
6. Do not fall asleep listening to music
If you fall asleep listening to music you are leaving your ears exposed to music for hours at a time, thus increasing the risk of damage.
When attending concerts or any other noisy environments wear earplugs to minimize the noise damage that can occur to your hearing.
8. Be aware of ringing ears
Ringing ears is a sign your hearing is under strain if this is something you have noticed more frequently you could be risking permanent damage to your hearing.
9. Make sure you're protected if you work in a noisy environment
If the daily noise levels in your working environment reach 80dB then your employer is legally bound to action protecting your hearing. If your ears are frequently exposed to loud levels of noise you will risk damage to your hearing, this will lead to noise induced hearing loss.
The above advice is the best way to keep your ears healthy and clear from hearing loss. If you are suffering from hearing loss book your FREE hearing test now!