When you’re at work, being exposed to loud machinery or other high volume noises can be a real hazard. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of hearing loss for people in the United States. It is especially the case for our country’s veterans, who are exposed to gunfire, explosions, jet engines, and other sounds that are detrimental to their hearing either instantly or over time.
Did you know that despite all of our newfound knowledge about the causes of hearing loss and how to prevent it, hearing loss is actually rising among veterans? In fact, a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that veterans are 30% more likely to suffer from hearing loss than non-veterans.
Ask any veteran, and they will advise that protecting your hearing should be an important and proactive part of your life. Whether you are a soldier or a civilian, protecting your hearing is just about the most important thing you could do.
Here are 3 ways to ensure you keep your hearing health in the best state possible:
Often, we are not aware that hearing damage is actually happening, or we aren’t familiar with what safe listening levels are. As a rule of thumb, try not to expose your ears regularly to noises above 85 decibels. To give that some context, rainfall measures in at about 55 decibels. The sound of the subway or a lawn mower is pushing 80 decibels. A chainsaw is over safe levels at 90 decibels, and a baby’s cry can actually reach 100 decibels.
It is so simple, yet so effective. If you’re in a loud environment, simply walk away from whatever is producing the noise. Stand toward the back of the crowd at a music event, or enjoy fireworks from a bit further away. Every step away you take can be the difference between hearing damage and safety.
Wear hearing protection
You can minimize the effects of unsafe volume substantially by wearing hearing protection. Here at Allison Audiology, we offer a range of custom hearing protection to suit every situation, whether it’s explosions and gunfire or simply a loud live event.
Speaking of which, the magnificent Wings Over Houston Air Show is coming up on October 20-21. Entirely volunteer run, this breathtaking show is one of the top air shows in the United States, showcasing all kinds of aircrafts, from vintage World War II all the way through to modern planes. We urge everybody attending to be aware of the fact that jet engines and other loud noises at events like this can go way above safe volume limits for your ears, so take the first step in protecting your hearing by remembering to bring earplugs or ear protectors.
So, whether you are a soldier or a civilian, listen to our veterans and heed our hearing advice. Take good care of your hearing, before it is too late.