There are some simple things you can do to help stop loud noises from permanently damaging your hearing, no matter how old you are.
WHO (World Health Organisation) estimates over 5% of the world’s population or 466 million people has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people – or one in every ten people – will have disabling hearing loss.
Daily engagements with such objects hinders our ability to communicate properly leading to hearing impairment. Here’s what to do to prevent it;
Use noise-cancelling earphones or headphones
Try to avoid listening to music at more than 60% of the maximum volume (some devices have settings you can use to limit the volume automatically).
Don’t just turn the volume up to cover up outside noise.
Reduce usage of cotton swabs.
Its common to use cotton swabs to clean wax out your ear canal but it is not advisable.
A lit bit of wax in your ears is also important as this helps stop dust and other harmful particles. it is highly risky to insert anything inside your ear canals.
Protect your hearing during loud activities.
Move away from sources of loud noises like speakers during loud activities and events (such as at nightclubs, gigs or sports events).
Also, try to take a break from the noise every 15 minutes.
Acquiring hearing aids may be an option.
If tested by a medical specialist, hearing aids may be a recommended option to assist in improving your communication.
See your doctor for testing.
Go for a hearing test if you’re worried you might be losing your hearing. You might also want to consider having regular hearing checks (once a year).
You are at a higher risk of noise-induced hearing loss – if you’re a musician or work in noisy environments.