Print Edition - 2019-05-30  |  Health and Living

How to protect your hearing

  • EAR HEALTH

May 30, 2019-

The biggest risk to hearing is noise. Over time, listening to loud music through headphones and going to gigs and clubs can damage your hearing. On public transport or a plane, it can be noisy and people often turn up their music to compensate. Many new devices display the safe sound level and warn if you go above that. Keep an eye on the display—it is there for a reason. Some good-quality noise-cancelling headphones will help you to listen while keeping the volume down.

Over time, being exposed to loud noise can damage the tiny hair cells in the inner ear. You can wear ear plugs to gigs—you will still be able to enjoy the music or hear your friends, but they give some protection. You can buy fairly cheap ones. Ear plugs could help in other noisy places, such as larger cinemas, for instance, and at firework events.

The other thing to think about is wax. Often people misuse cotton buds, which pushes wax further down, damaging the ear drum.

—The Guardian

Published: 30-05-2019 10:58

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