Hearing Loss Prevention in Live Entertainment
By Jaqlyn Tinaro The phrase ‘live entertainment’ can mean many things, ranging from a local band playing in a restaurant to a loud symphony concert. Regardless, both can be loud and cause damage to your ears. Here are some simple tips to protect your hearing and help prevent loss from occurring. Earplugs- A common misconception with earplugs is that you will not be able to hear the music. However, what you may not realize is that the musicians often wear ear plugs themselves! Turn down the music- Playing music in the car or in your home is one thing, but if the music is loud enough to drown out other noise or if the person next to you can hear it through your headphones, it is safe to say you are probably have the volume too loud. Train your ears- If you start lowering your TV and radio a little bit everyday, your ears will adjust to the lower volume and, over time, you will be able to hear it just fine. Wear the right type of headphones- The best type of head phones to protect your hearing are noise-cancelling headphones and ‘muff-type’ headphones. However, even with the right type of headphones, you still want to give your ears a break. 60/60 Rule- Here is a simple rule to follow: the maximum percentage of volume you want to use is 60%; and the maximum amount of direct ear time is 60 minutes a day. For those of you who love to go to concerts regularly and/or have children and family members who like to enjoy live music, here is a fun way to remember how to protect your hearing: M - Mp3 players can be too loud- turn it down. U - Use chill out zone in clubs, go outside and remember to take breaks. S - Stand back from speakers! I - Invest in noise-cancelling headphones. C - Carry ear plugs with you. They will not block the music out, just make it safer. There are many different types of ear plugs, some are better for sleep, some are better for swimming, etc. For example, Sensorcom, Edz Kidz Ear Defenders and ACS ear plugs are excellent for ear drum protection. Everyday Measures Hearing loss prevention is not always about the precautions we take to protect our ears; it also has to do with our internal system and physical health. Studies have shown that you have a higher chance of hearing loss when you are deficient in vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals. Researchers are also starting to find that taking daily supplements of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium and Omega 3 fatty acids long-term help prevent permanent and long-term hearing loss. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps with neutralizing free radical damage, slowing down the aging process. It is common to hear that people lose their hearing with age, but this might be a great way to slow down that process! Vitamin E is another antioxidant that helps prevent cellular death. Through this, it can prevent permanent noise induced hearing loss. Magnesium is an amazing mineral with a long list of benefits including muscle function/soreness, calcium absorption, regulation of bowel function and promotes restful sleep. In addition, magnesium helps increase blood flow to the inner ear and promotes healing. Omega 3 fatty acids help decrease inflammation in the body. Inflammation is one of the main reasons our body cannot fully heal. So, when we remove the inflammation, our body can repair itself better and prevent damage. With all the tools at hand, taking these proper precautions can decrease the chances of hearing loss. For more information, contact your local hearing care professional. < News Archive
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