Listen up! World Hearing Day is here & we have the facts you need to know about it & how to prevent hearing loss

   

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It’s time to find out the facts on hearing and get your hearing checked in honour of World Hearing Day on 3 March

Each year the World Health Organisation brings attention the how important it is to detect and prevent hearing loss, each year has a different theme and 2019’s theme is - check your hearing!

There are a number of people who suffer from hearing loss and they might not even know it.

This means they fail to realise that they are missing out on certain words or sounds. By getting your hearing checked, this is the first step to addressing these issues.

Tell me more about World Hearing Day

The main messages for this important day are:

Everyone should get their hearing checked, especially if you are someone who has a higher risk of losing your hearing.

People who have a higher risk of hearing loss are older than 50, work in very noisy places and listen to music at high volumes for long periods of time.

The day also encourages the use of services for early detection of hearing loss which should be made available through the various health systems across the world!

5 easy ways to protect your hearing and prevent the loss of hearing

It’s not always possible to prevent the loss of hearing, sometimes it is a normal part of the ageing process, but you can avoid the loss of hearing when it comes to avoiding loud noises and there are a number of things you can do to protect your ears from loud sounds…

1. The most obvious thing - avoid loud noises

This point is pretty obvious, but the best thing you can do to avoid hearing loss is to avoid loud noises as much as you can.

Noise is normally loud enough to cause damage if:

●     You have to raise your voice to talk to someone next to you

●     You cannot hear what other people close to you are saying

●     The noise is hurting your ears

●     You have a ringing sound in your ears after being exposed to the loud noises

Decibels (dB) are the units used to measure noise levels, the higher the decibel, the louder the noise is.

If a sound is over 85dB then it can be quite harmful to your ears, especially if you are exposed to the noise for a long period of time.

This will give you an idea of how loud certain decibels are:

●     Whispering is 30dB

●     Talking to someone is 30dB

●     Busy traffic is between 70 & 85dB

●     A motorbike is 90dB

●     Listening to music on full volume through your headphones is between 100 and 110dB

●     A plane taking off is 120dB

There are some pretty cool apps you can download for your phone to measure noise levels - have a look at your app store and see what you can find!

2. Be careful when you are listening to your favourite tunes!

Everybody loves to crank up the volume when their favourite song comes on, and wearing headphones or earphones seems to make it sound just that much better.

But the thing is…

Listening to music through headphones can be very harmful to your hearing!

Here are some ways you can avoid hearing damage from loud music:

Turn your volume high enough so that you can hear your music easily, but not higher than that!

Do not listen to your music at more than 60% of the max volume, you might even be able to set the volume on your computer or phone to cap the sound at 60% and warn you when you want to turn it higher.

Do not use headphones or earphones for longer than one hour at a time and then take a break every 5 mins every hour.

3. Protect your ears at work

If you work in a very noisy environment, then speak to your boss or HR manager to see if he or she can move you to a quieter place, provide you with some form of hearing protection such as earplugs or ear muff or help in making sure you are not exposed to the loud noises for long periods of time.

4. Keep your ears protected

If you are going to a loud music festival, night club or a loud activity of some sort (even the movie theatre can be loud), then make sure you:

Move away from the main sources of the noise (such as loudspeakers).

Try to get a break from the loud noises every 15 minutes if possible.

Give your ears about 18 hours in order for them to recover after being exposed to the noise.

Pop into your local pharmacy and ask them about what earplugs they have, these will help reduce the volume of the sound, but not muffle it. 

5. Make sure you test your hearing

If you think you might be losing your hearing or are experiencing any issues with it, then make sure you go to an audiologist to get your hearing tested.

Spread the word about getting your hearing checked this World Hearing Day and help to make a difference.

Yours in health insurance,

Oneplan 


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