Many adults start to notice that their hearing isn’t what it once was when they find themselves turning the volume up on the TV or having to frequently ask people to speak a little louder during conversations.
Often, this is put down to age. Your inner ears contain tiny hair cells that act as sound receptors, picking up sound vibrations and converting them into electrical signals. Over time these hair cells slowly start to break down and don’t pick up sound vibrations as well as they once did.
Although this is a natural part of the ageing process, hearing loss is far more likely to occur as a direct result of loud noise exposure and it can be totally prevented.
Exposure to sounds over 85 decibels can be extremely harmful to our hearing, especially if exposed for a length of time. Take a look at the below comparisons –
- Whispering – 30dB
- Conversation – 60dB
- Busy traffic – 70 to 85dB
- Motorbike – 90dB
- Listening to music on full volume through headphones – 100 to 110dB
- Plane taking off – 120dB
So, if you want to protect your hearing for the future, take a look at our tips below.
1.Recognise when the noise is TOO LOUD
Loud noise exposure can cause damage to our hearing without us even realising. If you have to do any of the following, you are probably being exposed to noise that is too loud and you should take regular breaks, remove yourself completely, or wear earplugs –
- You have to raise your voice to talk to other people
- You can’t hear what people nearby are saying
- It hurts your ears
- You have ringing in your ears or muffled hearing afterwards
2.Take precautions at work
By law your employer must assess all noise exposure risks and provide protection that ensures employees hearing is protected.
If you feel you are being exposed to too much loud noise be sure to speak to your employer about the following –
- Limiting the amount of time you’re exposed to loud noise
- Providing hearing protection, when noise exposure is over 85dB
- Take precautions during leisure and home life
Being in a nightclub, at a concert or a sports event can often mean we are exposed to loud noises for extended periods of time. The noise generated by using power tools and garden machinery is something that is all too often taken for granted.
We don’t want to miss out on the fun, but it’s important that we protect ourselves –
- Keep a distance from the source of loud noise, such as speakers
- Give your hearing about 18 hours to recover after exposure to lots of loud noise
- Wear earplugs. Our filtered earplugs reduce noise but don’t totally block enabling you to you hear speech and maintain spatial awareness. Our Music Plugs reduce the volume of music but won’t muffle it.
- Get your hearing tested
If you are exposed to loud noise , you are at a higher risk of noise induced hearing loss. So be sure to have your hearing checked out regularly. The earlier any hearing loss is picked up, the earlier something can be done to help.
- Wear protection – Prevent getting to the point of needing aids by being responsible about protecting your hearing
If you are regularly exposing yourself to loud noise be it through attending concerts, riding motorcycles, or working in an environment with loud machinery, you can easily protect your hearing.
At Minerva Hearing, we provide a range of custom-fit earplugs that protect, enhance and preserve your hearing. Our earplugs come in many variations and are highly customisable to suit your needs.
Explore our full range over in our products section.