5 Tips for Hearing Protection

April 27, 2016 9:18 am

EarmuffsAs the Weather begins to change and we spend more time outdoors it is important to be mindful of our environment, activities and noise levels. Concerts, Lawn mowers, outdoor power tools, motorcycles, fireworks are just a few examples of common noises. There are many many noises we come in contact with every day. Believe it or not, even onetime exposure can damage your hearing. Here are some tips to help you protect your ears.

  1. Protection

If you chose to remember only one thing on this list, this is by far the most important! Noise Induced Hearing Loss is 100% preventable. Turn down the iPod or radio. Wear protection at concerts or when using loud equipment. Be smart: you know if it’s too loud. Move away from the noise source or use something to cover the ear and protect the cochlea, the sensory organ of hearing.

  1. Vaccinate Preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough have the potential to cause hearing loss. Avoid the chance by making sure vaccinations are current for yourself and family members.
  2. Exercise Recent studies indicate people who partake in regular aerobic exercise have better hearing that those that are more sedentary, even if they listen to music while they do so. So get out and enjoy the spring weather!
  3. Eat right A diet rich in vitamins A, C, folic acid, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids may play a role in protecting certain structures in the inner ear.
  4. Avoid head injuries Trauma to the head may impact the middle or inner part of the ear and cause hearing loss. Wear a helmet when needed, wear a seatbelt in a car and seek medical attention when there is concern of a concussion.  The cochlea is housed in the skull and generally pretty well protected, but is vulnerable to injury when head trauma occurs.

Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry and to lead by example. So be an example to friends and family the next time you are in a situation with loud noise and protect your ears. Learn more about hearing loss now!

Are you experiencing hearing loss symptoms, or do you want to speak with a hearing professional? Request an appointment with Hart Hearing!

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