How to Avoid Hearing Loss

09/25/2018

Every day millions of Americans are exposed to hazardous levels of noise in their occupation or recreational pursuits. Hearing loss is often difficult to detect because it usually happens gradually.  In addition to unsafe noise levels, aging can naturally diminish your ability to hear. With each year, the miniscule hair cells housed in your inner ear will break down over time. As they diminish, so will your ability to sense sound vibrations. The following tips provide sound advice to help maintain your hearing.

Take charge of your hearing

Consider the appliances you use. Do they have low noise ratings? When purchasing appliances, compare dB ratings and search out low noise products. If you are at a movie theater or restaurant where the sound or music is noticeably too loud, ask the manager to turn it down. Analyze the sound levels you use when you are listening to music in your car, at home, or with personal listening devices. Pro tip: even if you can’t overhear your child’s headphones, they still may have the sound levels too high.

Avoid loud sounds

It’s impossible to avoid the blaring noise of an ambulance as it comes flying down the road on your drive to the store. But you can make a conscious choice to limit your exposure to loud noises and the time you spend near them. For example, if you are at a concert, avoid getting seats near the speakers.

Wear the right hearing protection

Fall is football season, which means loud crowds, blaring music, and booming speakers. Consider getting a reliable pair of earplugs. These are inserted in the ear canal and have the ability to decrease the noise you hear by 15-30 decibels. They can be custom made or bought directly off the shelf. In October, cooler temperatures start to sweep in so invest in a nice pair of earmuffs. These can also reduce sound levels by 15-13 decibels.

Do not smoke

Research shows that tobacco can make hearing loss more likely. If you do not smoke, avoid secondhand smoke.

Schedule a visit with Coastal Ear, Nose, & Throat

If you have concerns about your hearing, arrange a visit with our office to get your hearing tested. If you are regularly exposed to loud noises, hear ringing in your ears, or have a family history of hearing loss, or have difficulty hearing others speak, call us today at (732)280-7855. We look forward to assisting you and answering your questions.