Healthy Habits For Your Hearing Health
As men, we often pride ourselves on our strength and resilience. However, when it comes to our health, we can sometimes neglect certain aspects, like our hearing. It’s easy to overlook the importance of hearing protection as a healthy habit, despite its long-term consequences. This National Men’s Health Week, we’ll be raising awareness about why hearing protection matters and discuss some essential healthy habits that every man should adopt to safeguard their hearing and overall well-being.
1. Understanding the risks
Our ears are exposed to numerous potential hazards throughout our daily lives. Frequent exposure to loud noises, such as concerts, machinery, or even loud music through headphones, can lead to irreversible hearing damage. If your workplace noise exposure is above 85 dB(A) over an 8-hour period or exceeds 140 dB(C) at any given time, this may pose a risk to your hearing health. It’s crucial to recognize that noise-induced hearing loss is cumulative and can occur gradually over time. By understanding the risks, we can take proactive steps to protect our hearing.
2. Invest in hearing protection
When it comes to hearing protection, prevention is key. Whether you’re working in a noisy environment, mowing the lawn, attending a sporting event, or using power tools, wearing appropriate hearing protection can significantly reduce the risk of damage. Consider investing in custom earplugs for yourself or your employees from an Audiologist. Otherwise, ensure over-the-counter earmuffs provide adequate noise reduction. Remember, a small investment in hearing protection today can save you from a lifetime of hearing difficulties.
3. Be mindful of volume levels
In addition to using hearing protection in loud environments, it’s essential to be mindful of the volume levels in everyday situations. Many of us enjoy listening to music or podcasts through headphones or attending live events, but excessive volume can be harmful. Where possible, avoid excessively loud environments or make it a habit to keep the volume at a reasonable level and take periodic breaks to give your ears a rest.
4. Noise cancelling headphones
Investing in quality noise-cancelling headphones can help block out background noise, allowing you to listen comfortably at lower volumes. Our top recommendation is the Audeara headphones, which can be customised to your specific hearing test results, preserving residual hearing.
To purchase Audeara headphones and customise them to your hearing, book an appointment with our friendly Audiologist.
5. Get regular hearing check-ups
Just like any other aspect of your health, regular check-ups with an Audiologist can help detect any early signs of hearing loss and ensure timely intervention. If you have a concession card or are part of DVA, you may be eligible for fully subsidised hearing services. Alternatively, we recommend anyone with concerns about their hearing to get it checked.
It is important to look out for your mates and encourage them to get tested regularly. Hearing loss isn’t just a sign of getting ‘old’, it can occur at all ages.
6. Exercise is important for your hearing health
Engaging in regular physical activity promotes blood circulation, including in the ears, which can help maintain healthy hearing.
7. Manage stress & wear your hearing aids
Chronic stress can have a negative impact on your hearing health. Similarly, if you have hearing aids and you don’t wear them, this can cause significant stress to the relationships you have with others. If you are not wearing your hearing aids, ask yourself why. Chances are any issues you have with them can be mitigated by a visit to the Audiologist.
8. Quit smoking
Smoking has been linked to increased hearing loss risk. Quitting smoking not only benefits your overall health but also helps protect your hearing.
Preserving your hearing is an essential part of maintaining overall health and well-being. By prioritizing hearing protection and adopting healthy habits, you can reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss and enjoy a higher quality of life. Remember, it’s never too early or too late to start taking care of your hearing. Invest in hearing protection, practice healthy listening habits, and lead a lifestyle that supports optimal hearing health.
If you are overdue for your hearing check up or would like further advice on custom hearing protection options, don’t delay any longer, book an appointment with one of our friendly team members.