All five of our senses are equally important to function well as human beings. That’s why it is vital to know the proper ways to taking care of your body. This includes making sure that all of your senses are in working order at any given time.
For example, most people are not aware of how the ears can be damaged due to their day-to-day activities and the environment they are in. Damage to hearing is irreversible so it is essential that people become mindful of the things which can negatively impact the ears.
Read on below for some tips to guide you in protecting your ears from harmful factors before it’s too late.
1. Use earplugs
People working in manufacturing plants or factories are exposed to loud noises each and every working day. Being in this environment creates a risk for a person to develop noise-induced hearing loss which can become your disability for the rest of your life.
If you are experiencing loud noise at work for long periods of time, it is necessary to inform the manager or the human resources department to provide ear plugs at work for your protection or if they can find other solutions to reduce the noise to lessen the risk of hearing damage.
There are in fact regulations to control noise levels at work below 85dB else the staff should be provided with hearing protection such as ear plugs.
2. Lower the volume
Enjoying your music need not be done with very loud sounds. Adults and teenagers alike listen to music these days mostly through, and most are not aware of the risk this brings to the ears.
To protect the ears from the risk of noise-induced hearing loss by using these audio devices, it is recommended to turn down the volume to 60% and listen for no more than hour per day.
It is also safer to use over-the-ear headphones rather than earbuds which are quite near the eardrums and can easily damage hearing.
Below is a short video tip of protecting your hearing:
Always remember to turn the volume down even when using radios or speakers when listening to music to protect you from loss of hearing.
3. Allow your ears to recover from loud sounds
If loud sounds are unavoidable such as when you listen to music in loud concerts, give your ears time to recover. It is even advised to have 16 hours of rest for your ears after being exposed to at least 2 hours of loud music such as in concerts or in a club.
If it is possible, step outside for a few minutes to rest your ears as often as you can to avoid the risk of permanently damaging your hearing. Also, avoid standing near loud speakers when watching loud concerts.
Caring for the ears is essential as caring for any part of your body. People must be critical of the volume of sounds of the surrounding environment to prevent irreparable damage to hearing.
There are many steps to prevent hearing damage, and the first thing one must be conscious of is how loud the sound and how long is the exposure to it. You can start by following the tips above to avoid the risk of having your ears damaged permanently.