Posted by Admin on February 02, 2016
Inappropriate or unsafe use of electronic devices can potentially cause hearing impairment permanently! This is such an important topic that is rarely discussed, so we have researched ways to help you prevent hearing loss by easily following simple tips. Bookmark this page and read it a few times so that they become ingrained in your long-term memory to help you memorize these simple techniques, such that they become second nature. Then you will automatically and subconsciously follow our easy recommendations on steps you can take to ensure your hearing is protected.
It is a simple fact that the most common cause of preventable hearing loss is the prolonged exposure to loud noise. Scientific research suggests that using portable audio devices at high volume settings for long periods of time, such as cell phones and music players, may lead to permanent hearing impairment! No kidding. Imagine what life would be like for you, if you have hearing today, but can no longer hear anything anymore, ever again? No conversations, no music, and you won't be able to hear yourself speak, either. For better or worse, it would become a very silent world for you, indeed. This is already happening to hundreds and thousands of people on a regular basis! Hearing issues may include tinnitus (which is a consistent and annoying ringing in the ear), noise-induced hearing loss, distorted hearing, and hypersensitivity to sound. Each persons' susceptibility is different and problems can occur regardless of headphone use.
We strongly urge you to follow these common-sense recommendations when using any portable audio device including smartphones, MP3 players, and especially when using headsets/ headphones/ earsets in combination with those devices because they cause the worst damage with direct impact to your delicate ear drum membrane that is akin to a thin sheet of paper:
• Choose a quiet environment in which to set your device's volume, then select the lowest volume required for you to hear; This will help you determine the most appropriate volume that will enable you to comfortably listen what you wish to listen.
• Turn the volume down if people sitting next to you can hear what you're listening to, or you cannot hear people speaking near you. This means the sound louder than necessary.
• If you choose to use your portable device in a loud environment, don’t turn up the volume! It is important that you use noise-cancelling headphones to block out any background noise, instead. Increasing the volume to counteract outside noise is like bashing your eardrum even more than it is already trying to cope with!
• As the background volume increases, less time is required before your hearing might be affected, so limit your listening time; There is a window of opportunity during which an eardrum can recuperate - The longer the duration of pounding it receives from loud noise/music, the more likely there will be permanent damage to your hearing
• Avoid using headphones if you have been exposed to extremely loud noises that might cause temporary hearing loss, like a rock concert. The reason for this is that temporary hearing loss due to de-sensitization could well cause loud and unsafe volumes to sound normal but they damage our hearing just the same.
• If music of a Youtube video, or the voice of the person on other end of the line is choppy due to your cellular use in a low reception area, there is no point in pushing the volume key to increase volume in your smart phone. The sound will remain choppy because it has nothing to do with the volume - It is due to lack of cellular reception. Higher volume will not help you understand them any better - It can only damage your sensitive ear drum which is practically irreparable afterwards. Instead, consider setting up a cell phone signal booster to minimize such a problem, if it occurs mostly when inside your home or in your vehicle.
• Don’t listen at any volume that causes discomfort. If you hear muffled speech, ringing in your ears, or experience temporary hearing difficulties after listening to your portable audio device, you must discontinue use and consult an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) specialist as soon as possible to try to prevent further damage. A May 2013 medical study stated that Doctors report 50% hearing loss among cellphone users which should sound alarming to anyone reading this blog post.
The views expressed here are not in lieu of advice from a qualified medical doctor. Enjoy your hearing and enjoy music from your listening devices such as smart phones while you practice safe measures as suggested here to protect it for years to come. In case your hearing has been compromised for any reason and you have to use a hearing aid, review our cell phone and hearing aid compatibility chart.