More and more of us are walking around while listening to music through headphones connected to our smartphones and other devices. So, whether you’re listening to tunes or making a call it’s important to make sure that you’re taking proper precautions to avoid permanent noise-induced hearing damage.
Here is a list of things you may not even realise can contribute to hearing loss, and some tips on how to help save your hearing.
Get some snug buds
If your headphones or earbuds don’t fit properly in your ears, you may be letting in a lot of ambient noise from your surroundings. If this is the case, you may be pumping the volume too loud to make up for the loss in sound.
Get some noise cancelling headphones, or earbuds that fit nice and snug into your ear and provide clear sound so you can avoid having to compensate with higher volume. Earbuds and headphones vary in size and shape and good quality ones come with a few different earbud attachments so you can find the right kind for you.
Downtime for your eardrums
According to the World Health Organisation, we should only be listening to around one hour per day worth of content on our smartphones or similar devices. The reality is that many of us are connected for much, much longer, especially younger people, and often at volumes of around 80 decibels. This is the equivalent of exposing your ears to the sounds of busy city traffic for an entire hour. Let your ears recover every now and then by taking a quiet break.
Get your volume under control
Your smartphone is capable of extreme volume, and there’s no reason why your phone should be set to the maximum level on a regular basis. It’s recommended that you hover around two thirds of the volume mark as this is a much safer level. Listening to a moderate volume for a continuous period can affect your hearing, so listening above the recommended safe level will increase the likelihood of permanent damage.
Get your ears checked
It’s important to regularly get your ears checked as part of a regular medical check-up. If you’re experiencing irritation or muffled sounds, you may have a blocked ear canal and the doctor may be able to clear it out for you. But you should also get your hearing tested by a specialist, because the earlier it’s detected the sooner you can do something about it.