Protect what you’ve got

Woman using her smartphone and listening to music

There’s no doubt we live in a noisy world, and for those of us with a hearing loss it’s tempting to lift the volume even more by turning up the TV or your music so you can hear more clearly. It’s important to realise though, that doing this can further damage the hearing we have.

The good news is, there’s plenty you can do to protect your ears from damage, and when it comes to volume monitoring, technology is our best friend.

Here’s our pick of the best technology to keep your hearing safe.

Monitoring environmental noise

Worried that the excited screams of the grandkids in the garden are reaching dangerous sound levels? There’s a simple way to find out. Just use an app on your phone or tablet. Our favourites include:

  • dB Decibel Meter – available on iTunes for $2.99, this app is simple to use with accurate measurements described in dB with explanations like, ‘just annoying but probably safe’ or as the dB measurement gets higher it will tell you how likely hearing damage is.
  • Sound Meter – available on Android for free, Sound Meter measures the noise level in your environment in decibels, listing it alongside descriptions such as ‘normal conversation’, or ‘busy traffic’.

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Volume-limiting headphones

Headphones are a godsend for those of us with a hearing loss. They let us listen to the TV or our music without disturbing others. Some tap into the TV so we can hear at the volume we like while the rest of the family listens at a softer level.

It can be tempting, however, to crank up the volume to dangerous levels without even realising it, and in doing so we risk damaging the hearing we have left. Thankfully, there are solutions at hand.

To find out more about how to protect your hearing or for more information on noise cancelling headphones, contact your local Australian Hearing centre on 131 797.

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