3 Things That Put Even Young People's Hearing At Risk

Losing some hearing is a common part of the aging process, but more and more people that are still young are experiencing hearing loss. There are more ways for people to lose their hearing than ever before, even if you're nowhere near old age. If you're interested in preserving your hearing, be wary of these three things.

1. Electronics

Electronics are everywhere. Games, computers, phones, tablets, and TVs are constantly running and taxing people's eyes and ears as a result. Any sound that an electronic emits at a loud volume can potentially damage your hearing over time, especially if you wear headphones.

Common uses of these products can eventually cause hearing damage. For example, if you pick up your phone and the speaker is on too loud, it can potentially harm your hearing.

While using these products isn't inherently bad, it's a good idea to keep your volume turned down at all times.

2. Music

Most people know that listening to loud music over a long period of time can hurt your hearing, but many still don't realize just how bad it can be for you. While people have been listening to music for nearly as long as civilization has existed, there's a big difference between someone singing in your room, performing in a church or music hall, and having surround sound speakers blare music at you in an enclosed space, like a car. It's not only the volume that's harmful, but by listening in a small environment, soundwaves can bounce back and hurt your ears more than once.

Turning your music down is the only way to protect yourself from your personal soundtrack. However, you should also make an effort to protect your ears when you attend concerts or music performances. Wear earplugs or another kind of ear protection to prevent permanent hearing loss.

3. Cityscape

Lastly, cities are simply louder than they ever were before. Between non-stop traffic that goes on all night to construction sounds and noisy pedestrians, the sound walking down the street in a busy city is a far cry from what you would be exposed to walking through a quiet neighborhood or on a country road. Over the years, people have been exposed to more noise without any respite, even when you're trying to sleep. Protecting your ears with earplugs and taking steps to insulate your home from noise can help to reduce the risk of hearing damage from ambient noise.

Hearing loss is possible at any age. Whether you're interested in protecting yourself from further hearing damage or you want to keep it from happening to a young child, these tips can help you to be aware of the noise around you and to take steps to protect yourself and others. For more information on finding hearing aids, contact your local medical office.