7 ways you’re accidentally making yourself deaf

The surprising ways you could be damaging your hearing

1. You do DIY at the weekends

It’s worth any DIY enthusiasts bearing in mind that even a hand held drill can reach 95 decibels. That’s the same as a macerator or a large truck passing nearby. My advice is always wear ear plugs! It’s not just prolonged exposure to noise that damages the ears – a one-off exposure can be just as bad.

2. You’re a jet setter

If you fly frequently you’ll know about the importance of drinking lots of water – resulting in numerous visits to the loo during the flight. I recently measured the vacuum flush noise level at 110dB with my handy, mobile decibel counter. So keep your headphones on when you visit the loo on the plane – looks odd, but saves your ears!

3. You love a night on the tiles

Clubbers should bear in mind that the average nightclub plays music at 120 decibels. Dance next to the bass woofer and you’re looking at 125 decibels (and remember that the decibel scale increases exponentially). Without ear plugs, you could find yourself with some kind of hearing damage after only four minutes inside the club – every three-decibel-point increase halves your safe exposure time.

4. You’re a biker

Motorcyclists carefully protect every single part of the body – but often neglect their ears. The helmet is designed to protect your head so even though it covers your ears does very little to conserve hearing. Long rides with sustained high revs will definitely damage your hearing so ear plugs are essential.

5. You’re a hairdresser

Working at a hair salon does not sound like a hazardous job. But did you know that hairdryers can reach 95dB? There’s an assumption that ear plugs drown out all the noise so if worn you won’t be able to converse with clients – but that’s not the case. You can get cool-looking hearing protection with a voice filter that excludes the damaging sounds but permits human voice frequencies.

6. You can’t face commuting without coffee

I often get my portable decibel counter out while waiting for my morning coffee after my early morning commute. The screeching milk frother can exceed 90dB. Whilst I appreciate my coffee greatly – it’s really not worth risking hearing loss – especially when you can look after yourself so easily with hearing protection.

7. You play in an orchestra

Are you a classical musician? Then your hearing is probably in more danger than you realise – because hearing damage is not confined to loud rock music. For example, if you play the viola, you might think that your ears are safe – but you also sit right in the firing line of the brass section, which can peak at 140dB in some pieces (about the volume of a jet engine).

Anything above 80dB is harmful to the ears, because at this point the intensity of the sound is sufficient to damage the hair cells that are intricately arranged around the inner ear.

These hair cells turn sound waves into electrical impulses that the brain can process so you can ‘hear’. Damage these hair cells at your peril – they don’t grow back. I recommend that all musicians, conductors and DJs wear hearing protection.

 Source: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/wellbeing/a27225/7-ways-youre-making-yourself-deaf-and-one-of-them-in-4-minutes/
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