How to Protect Your Hearing Health

Our senses play a crucial role in everyday life. Being able to hear, see, smell, and taste enriches every aspect of our lives, brings pleasure, and even helps keep us safe from harm. Despite the vital role our senses perform, many of us take them for granted. It is only when we start to notice changes in our senses that we really start to appreciate their importance. Our ability to hear is a perfect example of this. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 20% of the world’s population experience some degree of hearing loss. Being able to hear clearly helps us to enjoy our favorite songs, listen to the sounds of nature, and communicate with our loved ones. So, protecting this valuable sense is vital. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Get Regular Hearing Checks

If you notice changes in your ability to hear, it’s essential to schedule a hearing check as soon as possible. Detecting these changes quickly can help you take action before your hearing deteriorates further. You may then be able to minimize the impact that hearing loss has on your life. A hearing health professional will be able to assess your hearing and make any recommendations to help you improve it. They may recommend that you wear hearing aids to enhance your hearing. 

Hearing aids can make a vast difference to your quality of life. But there are a few ways to help you get the most from your hearing aids. Discussing your lifestyle and needs with your hearing professional is a great place to start. They will then advise you on the best hearing aid type to match your needs. Next, ensuring a proper hearing aid fit is essential. This will improve the effectiveness of your hearing aids.

Turn Down the Volume

Exposure to loud noises can damage your hearing over time. This includes listening to music at full volume on your earphones and being exposed to excessive noise at work. While you may not notice many changes to begin with, continued exposure can cause irreversible damage to your ability to hear.

If you work in a noisy environment, such as a factory or construction site, you could potentially damage your hearing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 22 million workers are exposed to noise levels that could damage their hearing each year. Employers are responsible for controlling noise levels and providing hearing protection to their workers. 

To protect your hearing, it’s advisable to reduce noise wherever possible yourself, such as turning down the volume of your music. In the workplace, you could raise your noise concerns with your employer.

Final Thoughts

Your hearing is precious, so taking an active role in protecting it is vital. Thankfully, there are many ways to do this. Protecting your hearing at home and work is essential. But it’s equally important to schedule regular hearing checks and if you wear, hearing aids, ensure you have the right ones for your needs.

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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