Everyday Activities That Could Harm Your Hearing

a man cutting wood while wearing proper ear protection products

Your hearing is very valuable, and when it gets damaged there are few options as to what you can do to fix it. For any type of hearing loss or damage, it’s permanent and so you want to try and avoid all the opportunities where you could be putting your hearing in harm’s way. There’s always plenty that you can do if you were in one of the below situations, you could protect yourself and avoid the damage from occurring. With that being said, let’s look at the everyday activities that could harm your hearing if you’re not careful.

Listening to loud music at a concert

Many of us are fans of music artists or like to attend festivals or concerts where loud music is played. However, as much as this can be an enjoyable experience, it’s one that could cause a lot of damage to your hearing if you’re not being careful enough. The reason why is that the music played at these events is often projected by large speakers that are turned up to the maximum to compete with crowd noise.

Whether you stand further to the back or not, you’re still subjecting your ears to excess levels of sound that could cause damage to your ears. Have you ever left a concert and heard a buzzing noise in your ears? Or perhaps your hearing has become muffled? That’s two clear indications that you’ve done some minor damage to your hearing and that damage may well be irreversible.

The more you subject yourself to these music events without the proper ear protection, the more you could damage your hearing.

Watching television on a loud volume

Watching television is harmless, but it can be very easy to edge the volume up on your television more. You become used to the level of sound and then need to turn it up again. The more you do this, the louder the noise is. Keep it at a low level where you can so that you’re not doing any further damage to your hearing.

Working in a noisy environment without protection

Noisy environments are all around us and one place that can be particularly challenging for some people is the workplace. If you find yourself in a work environment that is subjected to loud noise, whether working at a music venue or at a building site or perhaps at an airport or station, the noise levels can be higher than average. That means that if you’re not wearing appropriate ear protection, you’re going to do damage to your ears that could end up being severe.

Any workplace that has loud noises should always supply you with the proper protective gear to keep you safe. If they’re not, then they could be liable, especially if any damage is caused to the staff member’s health and they take legal action. If you’ve not been given the appropriate protection, ask for it and if you’re on a self-employment basis, you might need to buy your own equipment. You may be tempted to try and wear nothing if it gets in the way, but that’s not going to stop your ears from being subject to damage. So, wear the protection where you can.

Wearing earbuds or headphones

Hearing loss is serious and can affect many of those who must deal with permanent hearing damage. Wearing earbuds or headphones can be a contribution to hearing loss if you’re not careful, especially as the noise is closer towards the eardrum and in the direct line of fire.

It can also be very easy to wear earbuds and allow yourself to turn the volume up higher than you’d normally have it if you were listening to it on the radio or the television. If you ignore those warning signs or levels, then you could really do some damage to your hearing.

Try to reduce the amount of time you spend listening through earbuds or headphones and keep the sound levels low.

Use cotton swabs in your ear canal

When it comes to ear health using cotton swabs in your ear canal don’t do much in removing earwax and instead may push the earwax further down the ear canal and towards your eardrums. If you’re using them now, then stop using them immediately.

If you’re worried about your hearing, then it’s worth getting seen by a hearing instrument specialist. They will be helpful in assessing your hearing and checking what type of hearing device you might need if needed. They will also be able to give you helpful advice on how to look after your hearing. To learn more about Sandia Hearing Aids, then be sure to call us today at 505-715-4387.