A Guide to Reduce Noise-induced Hearing Loss
Noise-induced hearing loss doesn’t only affect those who work in loud environments; it can also affect people during their leisure time when they watch a movie, TV, video; there can even be lasting effects if they listen to music or an audiobook where the volume is turned up loud.
Your mobile phone can be just as loud. The average pain threshold for a person’s hearing is approximately 150 dB, the same volume that these devices can go up to. You might feel pain in your ears from hearing volumes at this level. It only takes 85 dB to cause hearing loss. The best way to protect your hearing health from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is to turn the volume down.
A simple guide to follow is the 60/60 rule. Listen with the volume level at or below 60% for 60 minutes or less at a time. The volume level is equally as important as the length of exposure time.
Make a Special Music Setting on Your Hearing Aids
Modern hearing aids can stream every type of audio from your smartphone to your hearing aids. Make sure that the volume levels aren’t too loud. If you are a musician or music lover, Signia hearing aids are highly recommended. Your hearing instrument specialist can program a customized setting to have the best listening experience with your hearing aids. Whether you are at a live concert, a symphony, or in your own home listening to a stereo or record player, you can hear high quality sounds with the right device and programming. Adjustments can also be made to reduce feedback noise.
Choosing the Right Headphones
Your personal preference is key, but here are some other things to consider:
Test out different pairs of headphones, or earbuds, to find out which one works best for you. Find the headphones that are most comfortable for you to enjoy at a safe volume.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids if you need a customized setting for your hearing aid devices. Our hearing instrument specialists can program hearing aids for your individual listening needs.