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Hearing loss can be genetic, or can result from illness or from taking certain medications, but it is commonly related to noise exposure. Loud noises can cause problems for hearing, and sudden, very loud sounds can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss, but a gradual loss of hearing is often due to long term exposure to sounds such as music that are louder than they should be.
Many people listen to music through earbuds, making the source of the noise closer to their hearing organs than if listening to a stereo, for example, and many people do not realise that they should protect their ears from overexposure to loud noises. Read our top tips and learn how to protect your ears and preserve your hearing today!
Listen To Music Safely To Protect Your Hearing
• Choose how you listen to music. Listening to music at a normal volume via a radio or stereo is not as problematic for your ears as listening via a small device, such as an mp3 player or mobile phone via earbuds. If you listen to music this way, you should keep the volume low to avoid damaging your ears and try using large headphones instead as these block background noise so that you can hear better at a lower volume level. Earbuds sit in very close proximity to your delicate hearing organs, so it is vital to realise the damage that can be done if your music is too loud.
• Protect your ears to prevent hearing loss. A normal conversation usually takes place at around 65 decibels, and any noise that registers over 85 decibels may cause damage to hearing. Music concerts routinely reach volumes of up to 130 decibels, and this has clear implications for potential hearing damage. If you are attending a concert or festival, you will need to think about the best way to protect your ears and invest in a good pair of earplugs or ear defenders. This is especially important for children, whose ears are more sensitive, and for anyone who works in the music industry, where exposure is likely to be regular.
• Limit your listening. It’s estimated that one in five people who listen to music through headphones have the volume turned up too high. Experts suggest that a daily limit of 60 minutes at 60 percent volume is a good guide to protect your hearing, and it’s very important to be aware that extending these limits could result in long term damage to your ears.
Book A Free Hearing Test At Hidden Hearing
If you think you may have hearing loss, you can book a free hearing test with an experienced audiologist. It is a good idea to have regular tests as you age so that any changes in your hearing can be picked up and treated quickly. We stock a wide range of hearing aids, including new digital styles, and we will be happy to help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle.
Hidden Hearing is the leading private provider of hearing care solutions in Ireland, with a national network that includes over sixty-five branches and clinics. Pop into your local branch today, or contact Hidden Hearing online.