Signs of hearing loss
Hearing is easy to take for granted, yet it is one of our most valuable senses. Our ears constantly supply us with the vital information we need to communicate with each other, experience emotions and recall memories. So see what you can do to take good care of your ears.
Today, people of all ages use earphones more and more, whether they are communicating at work, listening to music, or learning about new things. A smartphone with earphones is very convenient, but carries the risk of hearing loss if the sound is too loud. Fortunately, most smartphones have an indicator that warns you when this is happening, so it’s important to pay attention to this.
Protect your ears
Take good care of your hearing by protecting your ears in these situations – or avoiding them completely.
Environments where you have to shout to make yourself heard over background noise
Locations where noise hurts your ears or makes them ring
Situations where high sound levels make it difficult to hear for several hours afterwards
Did you know?
Normal conversation: 60 dB
Busy street: 75-85 dB
Lawn mower: 90 dB
Chainsaw: 100-120 dB
Heavy lorry seven metres away: 100 dB
Loud music on smartphone: 112 dB
Loud car horn: 110 dB
Rock concert: 120 dB
Ambulance siren: 120 dB
Jet engine: 140 dB
Loud noise is the most common cause of tinnitus.
Tinnitus is a ringing, throbbing, buzzing, or clicking sound in the ears. It is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying condition such as hearing loss or another ear injury. The most common cause of tinnitus is damage to the sensory hair cells in the inner ear from exposure to loud noises.
To prevent tinnitus, use ear protection in excessively noisy environments. Turn the volume down when you listen to music through headphones, and be aware that in-ear headphones are more likely to contribute to tinnitus and hearing loss than other types of headphones. Allowing your ears to rest occasionally also minimizes the risk.
If you think you might have tinnitus, book a consultation with Hearing Partners. We are always ready to help you.