Ear Protection: Avoid Losing Your Hearing

Hearing Loss It’s easy to neglect your sense of hearing. You were born with it and have never known a world without it. When someone begins to lose their sense of hearing, that’s when they begin to understand why there are always warnings about ear protection and care.

Unfortunately, there are many noises people are exposed to that can make them lose their hearing temporarily or permanently. While there are those who are born without the sense of hearing due to genetics or a problem during the mother’s pregnancy, there are also those who lose their hearing gradually or suddenly when they are exposed to a particular kind of noise.

A gunshot, for example, can reach 150 decibels (Db), and can make one lose their sense of hearing permanently. Chearsaudiology.com says hearing tests in Minneapolis are done to tell whether the loss is reversible or not.

There are causes for losing the sense of hearing that are avoidable. To keep your hearing, take note of the following.

Work-related causes

Those who are in construction are exposed to noises like nail guns and jackhammers, which generate anywhere between 85 to 140 Db, strong enough to damage hearing permanently. Hearing protection should be required when working with such equipment.

The same is true for those who use chainsaws and power mowers. Ambulance drivers and EMTs are also exposed to a siren that can easily reach 140 Db. If you work in places or situations that expose you to such noises, demand hearing protection.

Listening to loud music

iPods and similar music players are all the rage, and they are built primarily for personal listening pleasure, which means most owners of such devices use earphones to listen to their favorite music. Use the 60:60 rule when listening to music: 60% of the maximum volume your device produces for no more than 60 minutes a day.

It’s a good idea to take breaks from your music if you want to use your player longer, such as during a long bus ride, and to turn down the volume. For your ears’ safety, use over-the-ear “headphones” with a noise-cancelling feature so you don’t have to turn up the volume to drown out background noise.