Protecting Your Hearing (Part One)
Your hearing is one of the most important gifts you have. Unfortunately, 1 in 10 Americans suffers from hearing loss so severe that it affects their ability to understand normal speech. Just imagine slowly losing the ability to understand your family members, to listen to music, or to hear the dialog of your favorite television show. There are many different causes for hearing loss, ranging from age to excessive noise exposure. Today, we are going to discuss techniques and steps you can implement into your life to protect yourself from hearing loss. By being careful, you can ensure that you hearing stays sharp for decades to come.
The Dangers of Excessive Noise
Most people differ in their sensitivity to noise. It is important to note that noise can cause damage to your hearing even if you do not feel an immediate or direct unpleasant sensation.
Noise levels are measured by decibels (dB) which are represented numerically. The higher the number, the louder and more potentially dangers the noise. Noise levels around 105dB can damage your hearing with just 15 minutes of exposure a week!
To put that in perspective, normal conversation is approximately 60 dB, while heavy traffic produces 85 B, a motorcycle passing on the street is rated 100 dB, and a chainsaw is rated 120 dB. Prolonged exposure to noise even as low as 85 dB can cause hearing damage as well. Hearing loss is permanent, so it is a good idea to be mindful about the level of noise you are exposed to on a daily basis.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “the world is full of these noises, what am I supposed to do?”
Do not fear, there are many things you can do to protect your hearing. In our next post here on the ASLHC blog, we will cover a few of the most effective ways you can protect your hearing. Check back later this month!