It is quite common for people who work in excessively noisy work environments to experience hearing problems later in life. However, did you know that your hearing can be affected by everyday sounds closer to home?
One in four adults who think their hearing is either good or excellent actually have hearing damage, according to a new survey conducted by the CDC.1 This new finding means that the average adult could be unknowingly hurting their ears through seemingly insignificant everyday actions.
What is happening to my hearing?
In their survey, the CDC performed hearing tests on 3,500 people across a swathe of different ages. One-fifth of adults surveyed, some as young as 20, showed symptoms of hearing loss (the inability to hear high-pitched noises in particular) even though they reported no job-related noise.1
Don’t worry – this doesn’t necessarily mean you yourself have hearing loss, though it would be sensible to check. Consider scheduling an appointment to get your hearing tested, and continue to monitor it as you grow older.
How can I protect my hearing?
If many adults who don’t think they have hearing loss actually do, it could mean we are hurting our ears without realising it, according to the CDC survey. With that in mind, what can a person do to minimise their exposure to dangerous levels of noise?
For starters, avoid playing music at loud volumes or regularly attending loud concerts. If you decide to go anyway, make sure to wear musician’s earplugs and give your ears at least 16 hours of recovery afterwards.2
Many adults who don’t think they have hearing loss actually do, meaning we are hurting our ears without realising it.
If you’re using a lawnmower or leaf blower, try to use earplugs (even if it doesn’t seem to be hurting your ears). When in situations that involve extreme noises, such as guns, planes or fireworks, you should wear more comprehensive ear protection, as these sounds are the hardest on your hearing.
The world around us is constantly becoming louder, so it is increasingly important to take care of your ears from a young age.
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1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Vital Signs study finds noise-related hearing loss not limited to work exposure. Accessed April, 2017.
2Better Hearing Institute, Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Accessed April, 2017.