From honking car horns to blaring sirens, music on the radio to face-to-face chats, we live in a really noisy world. But not all of us really think about how all these sounds and noises can be affecting our hearing.
Around 37.5 million US adults over the age of 18 report some sort of hearing issues. This just goes to show how easy it can be to damage your hearing.
We all indulge in various habits that can be unknowingly harmful to our hearing. Hearing loss can be an irreversible damage so it’s better to take precautions beforehand than to suffer later on.
The following everyday habits can be more dangerous for your ears than you think.
Overuse of Headphones
It’s a common habit to pop on earphones when you’re listening to songs on your phone or watching a video. But while the sound quality with headphones on may seem better, it also leaves your sensitive eardrums exposed to loud noises.
When listening to something through earphones, the sound level is instantly amplified. Using them daily for long periods of time can damage your hearing.
Not Protecting Your Ears on the Job
Not all headphones are necessarily bad. While the ones you use every day for leisure purposes can be bad news, there are also headphones that are designed especially to protect the ears from loud noises.
If you have a job that requires you to be in close proximity to loud sounds, it’s a good idea to wear noise-canceling headphones or earmuffs. Professions that require headphones for ear protection include:
- Professional musicians
- Club bartenders, bouncers, etc.
- Miners or quarry workers
- Construction workers
- Heavy machinery operators
- Manufacturers, etc.
Working Out to Loud Music
If you’re hitting the gym and working out, that’s great! Just make sure you’re not blasting your ears off in the process.
We all love some loud, pumping music to hype us up for a workout, but maxing out the headphone volume can damage your hearing.
The music levels from your portable device can reach up to 120 decibels. That’s as loud as a gunshot! Keep the sound level to around 60% volume.
Smoking is one bad habit that can have far-reaching impacts on almost all parts of your health. Your hearing is one of them. It has been observed that people who smoke have a 70% more chance of experiencing hearing loss than those who don’t. Increased nicotine intake can impact neurotransmitters that help you hear. It can also bring about tinnitus, a constant loud, ringing in the ears.
Not Getting Regular Checkups
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not visiting the doctor for regular checkups. An ENT specialist can catch signs of an ear infection in its early stages and prescribe preventative measures.
Make sure you’re keeping your ears clean and healthy by making a visit to a specialist. Dr. Paul C. Drago MD is an expert in ENT disease. We provide quality healthcare in Greenville, SC. Contact our clinic today to schedule an appointment!