These days, more and more people are starting to learn about their hearing and how it affects their overall health. Hearing is an important sense that affects a bit more than just what we can hear. It’s also a sense that can be quickly damaged and ruined if we’re not careful.
If you want to start taking care of yourself, then you’ll need to take a holistic approach that includes looking after your hearing. Failing to do this means that some aspects of your health will be unbalanced, causing a number of issues that can quickly spiral out of control. So in this post, we’re going to explain a few things about hearing health and why it’s an extremely important aspect of your life to learn about and pay more attention to.
It’s difficult to tell if we have hearing loss, so people are less likely to see a professional
Hearing health is something that can be tricky to deal with because it’s actually fairly difficult to tell if you have hearing loss or not. Much like with our vision, everyone has a different range of hearing that they’re accustomed to because they grew up with it. Some people have slightly reduced hearing and others have perfect hearing, but it’s hard to compare the two because it can feel really subjective. In fact, the most common way to even learn that we have hearing loss is to directly compare ourselves with other people.
For instance, if someone tells you that you listen to music really loudly, then it could be that you have a slight case of hearing loss that’s being caused by exposure to loud sounds. However, it could just also mean that your hearing wasn’t perfect when you were born and you’ve just learned to adapt to it by adjusting volumes to match your preferences.
Another sign that you might have a hearing-related issue is how often you have to ask people to repeat themselves. This isn’t a certain sign of hearing loss, but it does show that you might have difficulty differentiating sounds when there are multiple conversations or sounds going on. If this is the case for you, then we’d suggest a hearing test to take an objective look at your hearing to see if you have hearing loss or not.
People don’t take hearing tests as often as going to the dentist or their physician
One of the biggest differences between our hearing health and other aspects of health is that people seem to forget about hearing tests. When it comes to our hearing health, we don’t visit an audiologist to get a hearing test as often as we’d go to a dentist to get an examination. This is just something that’s ingrained in our culture right now, but it’s something that we can hopefully start changing ever so slowly. Our hearing is just as important as our other senses and aspects of health, so why don’t we visit a medical professional to examine it?
We highly suggest that you start booking regular hearing examinations to ensure you have a better idea of what your hearing health is like and how you can look after it. Every two years is a great length for a hearing test, but you should have it done more frequently if you do experience hearing issues or if you’re facing things like tinnitus. The more concerned you are about your hearing, the more likely you should be paying a bit more attention.
Our hearing is very easy to damage if we’re not careful about looking after our ears
Our ears are surprisingly sensitive to loud sounds. In fact, if you listen to prolonged sounds at just above 70 dB, then this has the potential to start damaging your hearing. Loud noises above 120 dB have a chance to immediately cause damage to your ears and it’s not something we can just recover from or treat with modern medicine. If you damage your hearing, then it’s permanent and can only be treated by using hearing aids or something similar.
To give you a rough point of reference, 70 dB is around the level where you might start feeling annoyed or uncomfortable around a noise. For instance, if you stand right next to a dishwasher or if you’re in the middle of really loud traffic where everyone is using their horns. In these situations, you can experience hearing loss if you expose yourself to those noises on a very regular basis and for a prolonged period of time.
80 dB is around where you might experience hearing loss after two hours of exposure. This is often caused by loud appliances such as a blender, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and even vehicles such as a motorcycle. When you start exposing yourself to sounds around this level, you’ll notice that your ears can feel fatigued or even uncomfortable.
Looking after your ears is simple with hearing protection
Although it’s easy to damage our hearing, it’s also easy to protect our hearing if we’re vigilant enough. All you really need to do is put on hearing protection to block out loud sounds. Hearing protection is most common in construction sites and other loud environments where people will be exposed to those sounds for a long period of time. However, you can also purchase small hearing protection devices such as earplugs to use for situations like concerts where noises can be extremely loud.
As long as you’re aware of when you’re being exposed to loud noises and know when you should use hearing protection, you’ll have a much easier time taking care of your ears and preserving your hearing for when you’re much older. Although some forms of hearing loss can occur due to genetics and other factors, it’s still extremely important to protect your ears as best as you can with hearing protection and a better understanding of how it happens and how to prevent it.