Protecting Your Hearing (Part Two)
Welcome back to the Albuquerque Speech. This month, we are discussing hearing loss, and the important topic of protecting your hearing. One of the most important steps you can take in preventing your hearing, is to become mindful of the noises that you come into contact with during your daily life. Do you frequently listen to music through your headphones? Do you work in a noisy environment? Do you occasionally attend noisy events such as concerts or games in large arenas? Each of these unique situations requires a different approach to protecting your hearing.
- Earplugs Are Your Friend
Earplugs are you BEST friend in the battle against hearing loss. Quality earplugs can reduce the volume, or decibel level of the noise reaching your ears, without degrading the quality of the sound. You will still hear every note of your favorite song, but you won’t hear it quite as loudly, which is a good thing.
- 60/60 Rule
These days, almost everyone spends a period of their day plugged into their headphones. This is causing an epidemic of hearing loss. To protect yourself, follow the 60/60 rule. To follow the 60/60 rules, listen to your music at 60 percent volume for no more ten 60 minutes at a time. Some hearing experts would even go so far as to say you should not listen for more than 60 minutes in an entire day!
- Use Noise Canceling Headphones
Investing in expensive noise canceling headphones can have a huge payoff. You are exposed to a massive amount of white noise on a daily basis. Sometimes, it can be almost impossible to find a truly quite places, especially if you live in a big city. The tranquil silence granted to you by noise canceling headphones could be great for your long term hearing and your peace of mind.