Hearing loss occurs for a number of reasons, but the majority of these reasons can actually be prevented. Over time, exposure to loud noise can damage the sensitive nerve endings in your ear that are responsible for changing sound waves into meaning. By protecting your ears, you’re taking a step to prevent this damage from happening in the first place.

Wear protective gear

Our ears are very vulnerable to sound and the easiest way to prevent too loud of a sound from entering our ear canals is to wear hearing protection gear. This should begin at an early age. There are now protective earmuffs designed for babies and little children so that when you’re at sporting events they can take in the sights and attractions but their sensitive ears are protected from the loud sounds. Child earmuffs allow you to bring your children to fun events like festivals and shows without putting their hearing at risk.  

For adults, hearing protection is equally important although, unfortunately, often overlooked. These same places that are too loud for your children are probably too loud for you, too. While wearing ear muffs as an adult might seem a bit goofy, smaller earplugs are a good, less noticeable option.  

Be aware of sound around you

As an adult, we’ve all experienced those times where we’ve gone to bed with a ringing in our ears. This probably happened after a music concert of festival or a fun event like an airshow. But, that ringing means that you’ve already suffered hearing damage as the tiny nerve endings in your ear have been injured. While these nerve endings can heal themselves over time, repeated exposure to loud noises means that they don’t have a chance to repair.  

Now that you’re aware of places that can harm your hearing, take the necessary steps in the future to avoid that ringing sensation. The next concert or festival you attend, bring a pair of earplugs to help protect the sensitive parts of your ears.  

Turn down the volume at home

While large events can play a role in hearing loss, so too can repeated exposure to noise in your home. Devices like iPods and MP3 players are often set to a too high of a volume. If you regularly listen to music through earphones, you’re targeting your ears with concentrated noise. All of these factors, over time, can lead to hearing loss.  

To help you turn down the volume, be aware if there is too much background noise around you. If a TV is on or a child is playing, move to a different, quieter room if possible. This will allow you to block out background noise and play your music at a more appropriate level.  

Schedule routine appointments

Ideally, you should get your hearing checked every two to three years. Routine visits to an audiologist will allow you to be aware of any changes to your hearing, even minute ones you may be unaware of. If you have questions regarding ear protection and how to prevent hearing loss, don’t hesitate to contact your audiologist.