How To Protect Your Hearing
Your hearing is precious. However, unfortunately, there are a number of environmental factors that can damage it or cause it to decline over time. Luckily, there are a number of simple steps you can incorporate into your daily life to protect your hearing and ensure its longevity.
Wear Earplugs or Ear Covers
If you are going to be exposed to loud noises, like at a concert or while using power tools, wear earplugs or ear covers to protect your ears from damage.
Turn The Volume Down
While it can be tempting to crank up the volume when listening to your favorite song, you can be causing irreparable damage to your ears. Keeping the volume at a safe level when listening to music, watching TV, or using headphones can protect your hearing.
Give Your Ears a Break
If you are frequently exposed to loud noises, such as at your job, take regular breaks to give your ears a rest.
Keep a Safe Distance From Loud Noises
When possible, try to keep a safe distance from loud noises, such as fireworks, gunshots, construction sites, or music venues. Maintaining space between yourself and the high-volume levels can protect your hearing from damage.
Maintain Good Ear Hygiene
Just like any other part of your body, your ears require proper cleaning and hygiene too. It is recommended to clean your ears regularly, but avoid using cotton swabs or other objects that can damage your eardrum.
Get Regular Hearing Check-Ups
One of the most important ways to protect your hearing is to identify and address any problems immediately, especially if you work in a noisy environment or have a family history of hearing loss. Getting your hearing checked regularly by an audiologist can help ensure your hearing remains optimal.
Partner With Vibrant Health
If you live in the Missoula, Montana, area, and are interested in protecting your hearing, it’s important to partner with a provider who offers comprehensive hearing tests.
Vibrant Hearing will take the time to understand your personal and family history, as well as the levels of noise you are regularly exposed to in your daily routine before beginning the examination and testing.
Next, we’ll perform a thorough examination of your outer ears, ear canals, and eardrums to identify or rule out any obstructions or damage that may be causing issues or discomfort.
Lastly, we’ll perform:
- A pure-tone test that allows us to measure your ability to hear at different volumes and tones
- A speech assessment to determine how well you can understand quiet and loud conversations in various environments
- An air pressure test that will record how well your eardrum and middle ear muscles react to changes in pressure
Contact Us Today
If you’re interested in learning more about how Vibrant Health can help you protect and maintain your hearing, contact us. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment for you at our clinic in Missoula, MT. We look forward to meeting you!