4 Places That Could Damage Your Health

Everyone should be concerned about how their health and happiness are connected. Poor health means you will struggle to be as happy as possible. Unhappiness can also impact your health as you tend to stress about everything under the sun.

One area you should focus on is your hearing, which is often neglected compared to other health issues. Hearing issues can be more severe than you think. It’s worth understanding what environments or places could be hazardous to your health.

Your Home 

Your home is supposed to be a safe, healthy space. But not if you don’t know about potential hearing health risks. The most obvious area that could cause issues is the volume of your TV or speaker system. 

Many people watch TV or listen to music much louder than they need to, especially if they have a fancy speaker set up. You can avoid this by simply lowering the volume. Check your settings to ensure you get the best experience. 

You should also think about your vacuum, washing machine, and dishwasher. They might not seem dangerously loud but can still cause hearing problems if you’re exposed to them for an extended period.  

Your Job

You can expect noisy environments in some careers, especially if you work on a farm or a construction site. Professionals who work here should develop habits for hearing loss prevention if they have not already. Hearing loss can be a risk in all careers. 

Loud noises are not restricted to the worksite. You could encounter them working as a teacher or even working the checkout at your local supermarket. If you regularly feel overwhelmed by loud noises, it could be worth speaking to your audiologist to work out how to lessen the effects and treat potential problems. 

Your Hobbies

Everyone deserves the chance to unwind and have fun. One of the most popular ways to do this is to watch live music, whether at your local bar or a huge stadium. However, as fun as these events can be, you also have to deal with noise all around you for up to two hours at a time. 

You may not realize it at the time, but prolonged noise exposure could cause long-term hearing damage. Especially if you wake up the next day with your ears ringing. This problem could be a sign of tinnitus and will require a check-up. 

Your Day-to-Day 

Even your day-to-day activities can be hazardous to your hearing health. If you wear headphones while working or going about your day, you might set the volume too high to be sustainably long-term. While you might want to hear every beat and snare hiss, it shouldn’t be at the expense of your hearing, so turn the volume down, especially if you’re out in public as high volume could also risk you missing traffic signals and other hazards. 

Hearing Well 

Your hearing is just as important as other health issues, so taking care of it should be your priority. It doesn’t matter where you experience loud noises, you must take action to prevent any hearing loss issues from becoming severe and permanent. These points should highlight common areas that can lead to problems, enabling you to make changes, protect your hearing, and pass on your knowledge to family and friends.

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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