What to Know About Hearing Loss Prevention

Hearing loss is a neglected health issue. It’s connected with stress and cardiovascular harm. It even raises the risk of having a stroke and long-term noise exposure is linked to diabetes. Here’s how hearing loss happens, how it impacts your health and the steps you can take to stop it.

The Causes of Hearing Loss

Many noises are so typical of daily life that we hardly notice them. As for tree cutters and lawnmowers, we usually just put up with them until they stop. Our tolerance can take a serious toll on our hearing.

Ordinary home and garden machinery puts our hearing at risk.

Sounds of machinery most of us hear day to day include leaf blowers, cleaning equipment, AC compressors and indoor work tools. Ordinary machines are typical sources of hearing damage, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Over time, our hearing tends to get weaker, although different people may respond differently to the same level of noise. What seems OK for you might be harmful to someone else. Exercising caution and consideration for others means taking care to limit everyone’s exposure.

While exposure over time to sounds above the 85-decibel range is clearly linked to hearing damage for anyone, and 120 decibels can cause immediate harm, we recommend avoiding noise levels higher than 70 decibels, and minimizing your indoor background noise so that it doesn’t rise above the sound of your dishwasher.

It’s important to protect our ears from landscaping noise.

Your long-term hearing is valuable. Blocking out or drastically reducing loud noise is a wellness matter. Therefore, be aware of noises that exceed the safe range.

Landscaping machinery, which emits noise at 80 to 85 decibels or more, can harm your hearing within just two hours of exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Traffic might be the most common (and dangerous) noise we cope with daily.

Research in Britain found that after a few months to years of living in a city, exposure to moderately loud daytime traffic became a factor in shortened life expectancies.

The risk went up measurably in places with at least 60 decibels of traffic noise. All that zooming and screeching, it turns out, poses a risk to your heart health. Traffic sounds raise both blood pressure and the body’s levels of stress hormones, including noradrenaline and cortisol. This effect is also a factor in ordinary irritations: struggling with getting to sleep, for example, or difficulty keeping a healthy body weight.

The louder or more constant a noise is, the higher the risk it presents.

And although it might seem brash to compare noise pollution to air pollution, the comparison is apt. In fact, the harm done to people by loud noise is as serious as the harm wreaked on our health by lead or ozone.

So, become aware. Protect yourself. Know that hearing loss is a widespread issue, afflicting one out of every four adults over 65. The research on the causes of hearing loss shows the risk of harm rising with louder noise or longer exposure. The good news is hearing loss prevention doesn’t have to be complex or costly. To keep audible intrusions from entering your rooms and your ears, Sun and Sound Windows will collaborate with you to manage your indoor environment for good.

Four Simple Adjustments at Work and Home for Hearing Loss Prevention

If you live in the city or suburbs, be aware of the sound levels where you work, play, exercise and do yard work, socialize and party, clean and cook, eat and live. Hearing loss can happen anywhere you are. Fortunately, many of the causes of hearing loss are things you can control. Here’s how.

1. Turn down the devices.

According to the CDC, the sound level limits for personal devices, radios and televisions is 105 to 110 decibels. This is too loud for your ears to endure. Within five minutes of listening, hearing loss can set in.

Turn your smartphone down to below 60 percent of its maximum volume.

2. Consider ear protection when operating any noisy machine at home.

Hair dryers are loud and usually operated near your ears, so use them sparingly, if at all.

Kitchen blenders and food processors reach 94 decibels. Earplugs make sense when you regularly use equipment this loud.

3. Carry on-the-go hearing protection.

Make it easy to reach for protection wherever you travel.

Keep at least one pair of earplugs in your briefcase, car, handbag or backpack so you can protect yourself conveniently.

A variety of high-tech, effective earplugs exist today, so you can find comfortable models that work perfectly for you.

4. Adjust your doors and windows to block noise.

If road noise is already getting on your last nerve — and especially if you have risk factors for heart disease, stroke or diabetes — make the effort to protect yourself and those around you from noise exposure. Noise blocking is an action you can take today. You can remove the causes of gradual, long-term hearing loss from your indoor surroundings.

Among the noise-absorbing materials you can install in and around your interior space, soundproof door and window inserts are especially helpful. Inserts are specially designed to muffle traffic, lawn work and other sounds that seep into your home or workspace. Soundproof glass inserts block around 75 percent of heavy traffic noises, plus about 95 percent of all high-pitched vehicle sounds such as screeching brakes and sirens.

Reinforcing glass doors and windows with laminated glass inserts will immediately lower the noise level where you live and work. That translates to better long-term health and hearing loss prevention. Quieter spaces are connected with better productivity and relaxation, too.

Protect Your Ears, at Work or at Home, With Sun and Sound Window Inserts

In Texas, Sun and Sound Windows serves greater Houston and Galveston, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth as well as metropolitan San Antonio.

At Sun and Sound, we’re proud that soundproof glass window inserts and hearing loss prevention form a part of our mission. Soundproof windows insulate interiors from loud noises and temperature changes, so they support our energy-saving goals. At the same time, they support our communities’ good health and sound sleep as well as calm work spaces and home interiors. We can design inserts to custom-fit any home, office or other building.

So, whether you need soundproof window inserts for commercial spaces or to enhance the peace and comfort of your home, contact us. Ask us about your soundproof glass door or soundproofing windows needs. We look forward to answering your questions and meeting your needs.