When most of us think about protecting our health, we may not spend much time thinking about our hearing, specifically. The fact is, though, hearing loss can occur at any time in our lives. By taking a few preventive measures, you can reduce your chances of experiencing hearing loss later on.
Wear Earplugs to Reduce Sound Exposure
Earplugs are a must for events that go above 85 decibels. This includes night clubs, music concerts, and music festivals. Know that events like live concerts can reach up to 100 decibels, which can easily damage your ears. You might recall that persistent ringing in your ears after attending your favorite band’s concert.
You can buy inexpensive earplugs just about anywhere, including the grocery and drug store. I recommend having several pairs on hand just in case you lose one. Those who regularly attend musical events might prefer to buy a higher quality pair of earplugs.
Be Mindful of Volume
To protect your hearing health, you should be mindful of the volume when you are using headphones, watching TV, or taking a call. According to hearing health guidelines, it’s safe to listen to sounds that are 85 decibels or below. Anything higher could have adverse effects on your hearing health. When using headphones, set the volume controls to no higher than 60% volume.
Get Regular Checkups and Hearing Screenings
When was the last time you visited your doctor for a checkup or had a hearing screening? If you can’t remember, it is likely time to get that scheduled. Hearing problems usually come on gradually, so it’s vital to detect issues early, so you can access the right treatment or take preventative measures.
Today we have access to a wide range of treatment options for hearing loss, as well as amazing technology. With the best hearing aids, and a few hearing support apps, those with hearing loss can improve their quality of life.
Use Hearing Apps
If you or a loved one has experienced hearing loss, there are a few apps that offer support. Rogervoice is a helpful app that transcribes your calls in real-time. Users can answer by typing, by voice, or by text-to-speech. With Rogervoice, those with hearing loss can take part in calls, whether for work or leisure, with ease. Other handy apps for those with hearing loss include AVA, Tap Tap, or Braci. These apps can be used comfortably with all types of hearing aids. Looking after your hearing aid, in addition to using apps for support will help you to experience improved sound quality.
Eat Foods for Hearing Health
Eating certain foods can help to protect your hearing health. Focus on getting in foods that reduce free radical damage within our bodies and boost the immune system. Antioxidants are useful to boost function and maintain the health of everything from your brain to your heart, skin, and ears!
Foods containing antioxidants include fish, spinach, blueberries, and grains. To protect your hearing health, eat plenty of these foods as well as foods that are high in magnesium. Consuming magnesium can also help to fight off free radicals. Avocado is a great source of magnesium, as are nuts, seeds, and most green vegetables.
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