How to Measure and Protect Your Hearing

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

Signs of Hearing Loss

There are multiple signs of hearing loss that you should be on the lookout for. If you are experiencing any of the following, you should talk to your doctor about getting tested for hearing loss:

  • Needing to turn up the volume on music, movies, TV shows, etc.
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves during conversations
  • Avoiding social situations because you are stressed about being able to hear
  • Feeling as though your ears are muffled from sound
  • Moving away from conversations because you cannot adequately hear

Effects of Hearing Loss

Of course, the main effect of hearing loss is the decreased ability to hear. However, hearing loss can also have other effects on your daily life as well as your overall physical and emotional well-being.

If you have hearing loss, you are at greater risk for depression and anxiety. You may also experience social isolation as well as a greater risk of falling. Finally, hearing loss can cause fatigue.


How to Protect Your Hearing

There are many ways that you can protect your ears and prevent hearing loss from occurring or worsening. One important aspect of protection is proper use of earplugs.

To insert your earplugs, first roll each one into a small, thin item using your fingers. Next, pull on the top of your ear with the opposite hand, moving it up and back.

This straightens your ear canal and allows the rolled earplug to fit perfectly. Then, hold the earplug in place and count, out loud, to 20 or 30 as the plug expands. When your voice sounds muffled, the ear plug has finished sealing.


Other ways to protect your ears include turning down the volume, especially when using in-ear headphones. You should also limit how often you are exposed to loud noises.

Finally, getting your hearing tested frequently will allow you to keep track of your hearing and find out if you are having any issues.