Habits that endanger hearing
There are many ways that hearing can be damaged by normal activities. These habits range from professional to weekend activities and everything in between. It may seem like these activities are not making an effect, but many times the hearing loss occurs over time. This can give a false sense of safety around these habits. There are many ways to damage hearing, but here are four common ways people unknowingly harm their hearing.
Not using hearing protection at work or play
Working in a plant forty hours a week, cutting the grass, using a chainsaw, and many other activities produce damaging noise. It is all too common to get into a routine and not be diligent with using hearing protection. Even when an activity is of short duration, it is important to take the time to protect hearing. Keep earplugs readily available near your tools and toys and be sure to use them anytime noise is involved.
Using music as a way to block out ambient noise
Most headphones and earbuds are not designed to block out background noise. This means that to do so, you must turn up the volume. Listening to music at a high volume for extended periods of time puts your hearing in danger. Use noise-cancelling headphones at a low volume for limited amounts of time.
It is an indisputable fact that smoking is bad for your health. It is less well known that it damages hearing. Smoking is a habit with no redeeming benefits, and there is no workaround for preventing associated hearing loss.Smoking can also have an effect on the hearing of those who are around you as the smoke will prevent blood circulation hence leading to the hearing problem. Take advantage of the many free resources available to help quit smoking and help protect your hearing for the greater good.
Concerts, movies in theaters, and fireworks can be at volumes that can damage hearing. Movies and shows seem innocuous because they are so common and the risks are not widely known. This makes this habit particularly dangerous to children and young adults. Be conscience of the noise level at these events and use hearing protection when necessary.
Be aware of other causes of hearing loss, such as medications and illnesses. There are many resources available to learn more about hearing loss and what can be done to prevent it or slow it down. Research any regular activities to see if there are any associated hearing risks and make adjustments to protect hearing.