Summer days are long and exciting, filled with loud music, long drives, relaxing vacations, and other activities that can be harmful for your hearing. If you enjoy cranking up the volume on your car radio, think again. Hearing loss is an irreversible condition and exposing yourself to loud volumes over a period of time can cause tinnitus as well as permanent hearing damage.
The obvious way to protect your hearing from loud noises is to make sure you listen to music at a medium volume. This means listening to music as a maximum of 60% of the available volume for no more than one hour at a time. If you enjoy the loud blare of your speakers when you crank up the volume to the maximum setting, you are pretty much guaranteeing that your hearing will take a toll.
You may have a ringing sensation in your ears afterwards and you may encounter muffled hearing. Over time, this muffled hearing can progress to permanent hearing damage. This is why it is important to resist the urge to surge with the loud music and maintain a mellow volume.
Another helpful method of protecting your hearing is to invest in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. These can help tune out unwanted background noises so that you can focus on the tunes that you want to hear without needing to crank up the volume. This will help you listen to your music at a moderate level while reducing unnecessary noises.
Noise-induced hearing loss can affect any person at any point in their lifetime. Even if you don’t have hearing loss, you may end up having tinnitus which is an annoying ringing sensation within the ears that refuses to go away. Tinnitus is often an indicator of an underlying health problem as well as hearing loss. Take good care of your ears this summer so that you can continue to enjoy your favorite tunes for all your years to come.
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