If the old saying, “prevention is better than a cure” is correct, then it makes sense that people should be a lot more aware of how to protect your hearing than they currently are.
It is estimated that there are over 350 million people worldwide who suffer from various stages of hearing loss. Some experts believe that the true figure is much more as a lot of people with mild hearing loss simply muddle through life without acknowledging their problem.
Looking at these figures, the argument for protecting your hearing before a problem arises sound pretty convincing. Why then do so few people see hearing protection as an inconvenience? Even people who know the importance of it tend to ignore it.
Why do we not protect our hearing?
Whilst there have been various studies done into this very question, it remains a bit of a mystery. Is it a youth thing? Do young people still see hearing loss as an age problem? Do people understand when their hearing is at risk? Is there enough understanding of what can cause hearing loss? Is there a lack of education regarding hearing protection?
A quick trawl of the internet will throw up thousands of websites dealing with hearing loss. These sites have a world of information regarding hearing aids, assistive listening devices etc… Yet there appears to be a distinct lack of solid information regarding hearing protection. It sometimes appears to be more of an afterthought.
When is our hearing in danger?
Most people would be aware that things like loud music can be bad for your hearing. Young people, in particular, tend to ignore this. It is the percieved infalability of youth I suppose.
However, there are many ways that our hearing can be placed in danger. Some we cannot do anything about, such as being born with a hearing defect. Being involved in an accident or a bang on the head etc… Others we can control, such as protection in the workplace. Going to clubs, concerts, festivals etc… Hunting and shooting or even watching television at home.
For a more detailed insight on what and where can damage your hearing. What levels of noise are acceptable and how little exposure to loud noise can cause permanent damage, please check out my post, “Ways to prevent hearing loss. A guide.”
Best ways to protect your hearing.
There are a number of practicle ways that you can help to prevent hearing loss. They are fairly basic and easily implemented but also very effective.
- If you are exposed to noise at work, then ask about ear protection. The health and safety officer will/should have all the information you need. If they don’t then insist that they get it.
- Understand when your hearing is in danger. I don,t think it is reasonable for everyone to understand the dangerous decibel levels. However, remember this, if the noise sounds too loud then it is probably causing damage.
- Limit the amount of time you are exposed to loud noises. This includes things like listening to music, going clubbing, concerts etc… Very loud music for even a short period can cause hearing damage.
- Get your hearing checked on a regular basis. This is the best advice of all. A regular check will pick up any early problems and can help to prevent more serious issues from developing.
What to use to protect your hearing.
As well as the above points, the best ways to protect your hearing are by using earplugs and/or headphones, depending on the occasion. There are a wide variety of both available to buy on the internet at reasonable prices. Two places I have found to be very useful are,
- EARGASM EARPLUGS. Click here to see their range
- SAFETY GLASSES
USA. They have a wide range of hearing protection products. Click on the banner below to browse their range.
Your hearing health is extremely important. Protecting your hearing doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. The better you look after it now, the better it will serve you for many years to come.
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