Though age is a factor, noise-induced hearing loss among all ages is also a growing concern. When we subject our ears to loud sounds – like music, commuter travel, and construction noises- without using ear protection, hearing loss may occur.
It’s never too late to preserve your hearing, even if you already have some degree of hearing loss. The staff at Associates in Hearing HealthCare in New Jersey has compiled a list of ways you can limit hearing loss.
- Reduce the sound levels of the noises in your environment.
- Use proper ear protection.
- Custom ear molds
- Foam plugs
- Noise-canceling headphones
- Stand at an angle from direct loud noise when possible, not directly in front of it.
- Putting physical space between you and loud noise.
- The higher the volume, the further away you should be.
- Take frequent breaks when exposed to loud noise over long periods.
- Keep the volume low to medium-low when listening to music through headphone or earbuds.
It’s also important to know the signs of hearing loss, which might include:
- Trouble following a conversation, especially when two or more people are talking.
- Asking speakers to repeat themselves.
- Straining to hear over the telephone.
- Misunderstanding what others say – and responding inappropriately.
- Trouble distinguishing primary sounds from background noise.
The best way to combat hearing loss is to schedule a baseline hearing evaluation after the age of 55. You will be able to monitor any hearing loss needs with the audiologists at Associates in Hearing Healthcare, and devise a plan-of-action to improve your hearing health.