You can choose to ignore it you want, but the facts don’t lie: noise-induced hearing loss is a serious problem, with over 26 million Americans suffering from some form of hearing loss due to noise-exposure.
Luckily, noise-induced hearing loss is entirely preventable. Here are five tips to making sure you and your family stay safe.
1. Avoid Dangerously Loud Places
Whenever possible, avoid long exposures to unsafe noise levels. Anything above 85 decibels can damage your hearing, and frankly, that isn’t all that loud.
2. Wear Ear Plugs
If you are going to be exposed to sounds above 85 decibels, wear a pair of ear plugs. You don’t need anything fancy - the over-the-counter variety at your local drugstore will work fine.
3. Be Mindful
While we’re big proponents of mindfulness here at Puro Sound Labs, in this case, we’re referring to being mindful about the sounds you encounter in your day-to-day life. Whether it’s walking past a construction site, mowing the lawn, or attending an event with the speakers blasting far too loudly, be aware of how much noise you’re subjecting your ears to.
4. Don’t Be Afraid To Leave
Sometimes, even wearing ear plugs and moving away from the speakers isn’t enough. Your hearing is too valuable - if your environment is dangerously loud, the best solution may be to just leave. Remember, noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible.
5. Buy Noise-Limiting Headphones
You knew this one was coming right? Often the biggest source of exposure to unsafe noise levels is the headphones we wear. Listen in peace knowing you aren’t damaging your hearing while you’re jamming out to your favorite songs. Check out our selection of top-rated headphones right here.
Noise-induced hearing loss is a serious problem, but with a little precaution, you can keep yourself and your family safe and sound.
How would you define audiology?
Audiology is formally defined as a branch of science and medicine concerned with the sense of hearing. As an audiologist, it’s my job to help those with hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing-in-the-ears), and balance disorders.
What Is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
Noise-induced hearing loss is a hearing disorder caused by repeated exposure to sounds that are unsafely loud.