Did you know that the human ear contains 20,000 tiny little cells, all of which make some contribution to how we hear, whether that is frequency, tone, or volume. If these cells are exposed to noises that are above safe levels, which is 85 decibels, for a long period of time, they will eventually die and cause hearing loss. The higher the decibels, the quicker the damage occurs.
We have some good news. This type of hearing is actually preventable – hurray! So what can you do for yourself and your family to prevent this noise-induced hearing loss?
Don’t always trust the device
There are no regulations at all that regulate the maximum possible volume on audio devices to safe listening levels. Apple devices often go to 105 decibels, way above the recommended 85. It only takes 15 short minutes before your ears start to become damaged at this volume.
But sometimes, do trust the device
Most smartphones now have a decibel reader app, allowing you to know when the noise around you is at unsafe levels. Not sure about certain machinery at work? Or how loud that concert is? Double check, and if it’s above, simply move further away to reduce its effect.
Protect those precious ears
Your hearing keeps you alert and connected to the world around you. It is worth protecting for as long as you can. If you have no choice but to be around something loud, give your ears a chance by wearing ear defenders or earplugs. Why not buy a particularly colorful pair for your kids to make it fun, or bring an extra set of earplugs for your colleagues if you work somewhere that is noisy?
If you would like to see just how good your hearing currently is, book a hearing screening here at Selective Hearing. Our friendly and experienced Audiologists will guide you through everything you need to know.
An Abbeville, Louisiana native, Dr. Thom realized her love for speech, language, and hearing while taking a speech pathology class her junior year at LSU. After completing a bachelor of arts in communications disorders, that love persisted, and Dr. Thom graduated in 2011 with a clinical doctorate in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Thom continues to make sounds and language more accessible to her patients and likes to learn about their unique hearing and communication needs. An active member of the Louisiana Academy of Audiology, she has been serving as a board member for two years, and was the 2016-17 President of LAA.