Ten tips to protect your hearing

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the only preventable cause of hearing loss. Although you may adjust to the loud sounds over time, unfortunately, your ears and brain will not. Once you lose your hearing from exposure to loud sounds, known as a NIHL, your hearing will not recover. A NIHL is typically gradual; by the time you notice it, it is often too late to prevent damage. Follow the tips below and start protecting your hearing now!
  1. Turn the volume down of the TV, radio, music, etc.
  2. Avoid loud or noisy activities/places, when possible.
  3. Limit your time exposed to loud sounds.
  4. When listening to loud sounds (e.g., music, concerts, fitness classes, etc.), take breaks from the noise.
  5. Move away from the loudest sound source (e.g., speakers, fireworks, etc.).
  6. Give your ears time to recover after being exposed to loud noises.
  7. Do not put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear! This includes cotton swabs, bobby pins, keys, paperclips, or anything else you might use to clean or scratch your ears.
  8. Keep moving! Exercise keeps the blood pumping throughout the body, including the ears. This keeps the internal parts of the ears healthy.
  9. Get your hearing tested, especially if you experience a change in your hearing, or ringing or fullness in your ears over 24 hours.
  10. Use hearing protection around loud sounds. Foam earplugs are an economical solution, or consider purchasing custom earplugs to best reduce the sound levels.

Types of hearing protection

Hearing protection reduces the amount of sound that gets transmitted to the middle and inner ear. The amount of sound reduced, measured in decibels (dB), is called attenuation.

All hearing protection should clearly indicate its attenuation level or noise reduction rating (NRR). Attenuation levels range from 0-30 dB. The best hearing protection will lower total noise exposure to below 85 dB.

Custom-molded earplugs

In terms of comfort and confidence in proper sound protection, it’s hard to beat custom-fit earplugs/molds. They’re specially made to fit the unique shape of your ear canal. While the initial investment is higher, custom-molded earplugs are designed to last several years.In terms of comfort and confidence in proper sound protection, it’s hard to beat custom-fit earplugs/molds. They’re specially made to fit the unique shape of your ear canal. While the initial investment is higher, custom-molded earplugs are designed to last several years.Pros of custom-molded earplugs:
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Last several years
  • Highly effective (due to their custom fit)
  • Various styles available to suit specific activities
Cons of custom-molded earplugs:
  • Higher cost up front
  • Require custom mold fitting
  • Must be routinely cleaned
Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™  offers a variety of custom hearing protection options for hunting, swimming, air travel and more. Please call us at (772) 286-HEAR for an appointment with our Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist to discuss your options. 
 
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