We are now a few weeks into 2021, and that means, as usual, most resolutions made with the best of intensions have now been abandoned. Since treating your hearing loss can improve your physical and mental health, experts agree that if you only stick to one resolution, make it improving your hearing health.
Below are two resolutions you can make that will help protect your ears.
Have Your Hearing Tested
While more than 48 million Americans experience hearing loss, only about 20% seek treatment. In order for your audiologist to put together a comprehensive treatment plan, they will need to conduct a series of tests to determine your type and degree of hearing loss.
Following a review of your medical history and a physical exam of your ears, your audiologist will conduct one or more of the following tests:
- Pure tone testing
- Bone conduction testing
- Speech testing
- Acoustic reflex testing
- Auditory brainstem response
- Otoacoustic emissions
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, individuals between 10 and 50 years old should have their hearing tested every 10 years. Those over the age of 50 should undergo a hearing test every three years.
Wear Hearing Protection
The world is full of sounds, which are measured in decibels (dB). Anything over 85 dB can cause lasting damage to the delicate hair cells within your inner ear, leading to permanent hearing loss.
Below is a list of common sources of noise and decibel levels, put together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Normal conversation – 60 dB
- Texas traffic – 80-85 dB
- Motorcycle – 95 dB
- Sporting event – 100 dB
- A show at the Waldcatter Saloon or other music venue – 110 dB
- Sirens – 120 dB
- Firecrackers – 140 dB
You have two options when it comes to protecting your ears from dangerously loud sounds: you can either avoid the source of the noise or wear hearing protection.
Disposable earplugs are sold at any local pharmacy and provide hearing protection in a pinch. If you are regularly attending loud events, it is beneficial to invest in a pair of custom-made earplugs. These are made from a mold of your ear and provide a superior fit and better protection.
To learn more about protecting your hearing in 2021 or to schedule an appointment for a hearing test, contact Today’s Hearing.