Obey The 60-60 Rule, And Look After Your Ears
According to the data, more than half of people over the age of 60 struggle with hearing loss. It’s a big problem and one that isn’t discussed enough. Despite the fact that hearing loss affects tens of millions of people, we still do very little to prevent it. What’s more, unless we act fast, the problem is likely to get worse over time according to charities.
Don’t wait until you’re in the queue to see the doctor before you do something to protect your hearing. Start following these rules today.
Obey the 60 – 60 Rule
In-ear speakers, like earphones, are one of the primary culprits when it comes to hearing loss. One of the biggest problems isn’t the earphones themselves, but the fact that they’re turned up too loud. Medical experts recommend that people follow a simple rule. They suggest that people listen to music at 60 percent of the maximum volume for less than 60 minutes per day. For most devices, 60 percent of the maximum volume translates to 89 decibels, so still relatively loud. That’s about the same volume of a forklift truck.
Talk To Your Boss About Noise
When people get old, many of them have to use hearing aids to restore their hearing. Often this is because they have been exposed to loud noises over the course of their working lives that have damaged their ears. Chainsaws are among the loudest items on building sites, reaching 120 decibels. Any noise, consistently above 90 decibels can be damaging to your hearing. So the best policy here is to approach your boss and ask them to provide you with some ear muffs. This will help dampen the noise and protect your ears during loud jobs.
At Festivals, Take A Break
Most of the damage that you do to your ears throughout your life will occur during a few, acute events, like festivals. Most festivals have chill-out zones where people can go to escape the noise. Many festivals also sell ear protectors, which stop the sound from being so loud, but allow you to enjoy the music at the same time.
Buy Noise Cancelling Headphones
One of the reasons why people listen to their music so loud is that they are trying to blot out background noise. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in noise canceling headphones. Yes, they might be a lot bigger than your regular earphones. But they mean that you can listen to music more quietly and still get a great experience.
Be Careful Your TV Isn’t Too Loud
As our hearing starts to fade when we get older, we feel the temptation to turn the volume up on our TVs and radios. But this can be a bad idea for our long-term ear health. A person talking in a room is usually around 60 decibels. A person shouting is around 80 decibels. But TVs can easily go above this and reach the critical 89-decibel threshold. Make sure that the volume on your TV isn’t creeping up over time. It might be causing extra damage to your ears.