If the nature of your job is to work in loud environments, the best option is to wear high-quality industrial ear plugs. They can help protect your ears and avert potential loss of hearing.
The loudness of a sound is measured in decibels (dB).
And do you know how much decibels our ears can safely handle? People exposed to any form of noise or sounds that can go over 140 decibels have the possibility of damaging their hearing permanently!
A normal conversation is around 60 decibels and a concert with loudspeakers is around 120 decibels. The amount of time you can tolerate sound is inversely proportional to the decibels the source of the sound generates.
A sound or source of noise should be considered harmful if you are having difficulty hearing others talk over the sound. Another sign is that your ears tend to ring or hurt after sudden exposure of noise (a balloon being popped, a gunshot, loud thunder etc.)
Not only are musicians exposed to loud music. Even those who are working near heavy machinery like the ones used in construction sites and other related industries could be at risk. Protecting your ears is a must before it is too late. Some people like the construction workers and laborers have gotten used to the loud sounds and they didn’t care anymore.
As a result, they have lost their sense of hearing or are already having a hard time listening to lower decibel sounds. There are also noise-canceling headphones available. They were designed so that those who are listening to music will feel as if they are transported to a different environment.
The truth is that these headphones can also be used to simply cancel noise. They might not fully isolate the sounds but they could drastically lower the overall noise pollution entering your ears.
Another weird but helpful tip is to quit smoking. You might be surprised since smoking is most likely going to affect your lungs and heart. The truth is that when you smoke, your blood sugar levels increase and this could lead to ear damage.
Most of all, never place anything inside your ear canal. It is totally unsafe. You can remove earwax using cotton swabs. You should also avoid doing ear wax removal all the time and avoid scratching your ear with sharp objects.
If you suffer from severe hearing issues, you might have to consult with your doctor. There are medications to prevent full hearing loss. Something should be done right away before it is too late.
For more tips on how to protect your ears, check the infographic below. Use the suggested devices like earplugs (or gun suppressors, if you are a shooter) so you won’t lose your sense of hearing (and avoid permanently damaging your ear) even if you are constantly exposed to loud noise.