Preventing Hearing Loss

Avoid loud noise.

It seems obvious, but one of the most common causes of hearing loss is long-term exposure to loud noise. This is often the main cause of hearing loss among construction workers, musicians, members of the military, and others who work in noisy conditions.

Control the volume.

Limit your exposure to loud noise as much as possible. This includes at concerts or auditoriums, when using power tools, through the stereo in your car, or through earphones. It’s best to avoid exposure to sound at or above 85 decibels, such as loud music, lawnmowers, motorcycles and firecrackers.

Protect your ears.

If you are subjected to loud noise on a regular basis, wear protection, such as ear plugs or ear muffs. We can create custom ear plugs that will block out more noise and better protect your hearing in these situations.

Ask about your medications.

Ask your doctor whether any of your medications may cause hearing loss, and let the doctor know if you notice changes in your hearing after beginning a new medicine.

Stop smoking.

Smoking increases your chances of losing your hearing. Current smokers have a 70% higher risk of having hearing loss than nonsmokers.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Studies show that a healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow. There is a significate association between high blood pressure and hearing loss. A high body mass index and diabetes are also found to be associated with an increased risk of hearing loss.

Take the online hearing test to determine if you are currently experiencing hearing loss. [Link]

Sources: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, WebMD