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Poor hearing can be a debilitating condition capable of seriously affecting your quality of life. Most cases of deafness in the UK are caused by damage to the tiny cells in the inner ear – damage typically resultant from exposure to too much noise in one go. What’s more, this sort of damage is permanent.
Today, we’re going to look at how you can reduce the risk of damaging your hearing.
Work out if you’re exposed to too much noise day-to-day
We’ve covered this area before, but the main gist of it is this: you’re probably exposed to more hazardous noise than you think. Hearing can be damaged by something as commonplace as standing next to speakers at a nightclub or using loud machinery for even a moderate period of time.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) notes that any noises above 105dB can start to cause permanent damage to your hearing if endured for longer than 15 minutes each week. Lower level noises – such as those between 85 and 90dB are also capable of causing permanent damage if you’re exposed to them for longer spells.
Examples of typical noises include:
Yes, the chances are that even your mp3 player is probably causing permanent damage to your hearing.
So, how can you go about protecting your ears? Here are a number of ways: