Being that May is better hearing and speech month, we want to raise awareness about the prevalence of hearing loss, the importance of early detection, as well as the different ways to protect and preserve your hearing. Here are a few simple ways to help protect your ears from hearing loss.
1. Be cautious when listening to music.
Many of us enjoy listening to music or audio books through earbuds. These devices can be slightly more detrimental to your hearing as they sit deeper down into the ear canal and closer to the eardrum. If possible, opt for some over the ear headphone- A simply solution that can make a big impact.
2. Turn the volume down.
According to the CDC, an estimated 12.5% of children and adolescents aged 6–19 years (approximately 5.2 million) and 17% of adults aged 20–69 years (approximately 26 million) have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise which can be caused by unsafe use of audio devices. When using such devices, it is important to follow the 60/60 rule – listen with headphones at no more than 60% of the volume and for no longer than 60 minutes per day.
3. Let your ears rest.
If you are exposed to loud noises for a period of time, like at a rock concert, it is a good idea to try and step away to let your ears rest or recover in a quiet space from time to time. Your ears, just like any other part of your body, need time to heal.
4. Always wear hearing protection.
This is so important when using machine equipment, lawnmowers, chainsaws, firearms, vacuums, or if you work in an environment that is particularly loud. Hearing protection comes in many different forms from small foam plugs to custom made ear plugs which is available at Champlain Valley Audiology!
Regular exercise is not only good for your overall health and well-being, but it also is good for your ears. Exercise keeps the blood flowing to all parts of your body including your ears which will help keep the ears internal parts healthy and work to their best potential.