As part of May's Better Hearing Month Initiative, we back with some hearing health life hacks to keep you going.
The Oxford Dictionaries defines life-hack as: “A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.” Life hacks can save you both time and money, and some are so easy you’ll ask yourself why you hadn’t previously thought of them. Clever but straightforward life-hacks include shifting your toaster oven on its side to make a grilled cheese sandwich, utilizing the sticky portion of sticky notes to clean between the keys of a keyboard, and using duct tape to open jars. Life-hacks can also apply to the human body: some examples include scratching your ear to alleviate an itch in your throat, lying on your left side to alleviate acid reflux, and pressing your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth to alleviate brain freeze from ice cream. But what about hearing? Are there any life-hacks we can employ to help us hear better or easier? It turns out that there are quite a few—here are our selections for the top 7.
Assess your hearing online
You can rapidly test for hearing loss using one of the many applications available online, or by taking the online hearing test on our website. If the final results show hearing loss, you can subsequently set up a professional hearing test with your local hearing care provider.
Utilize white noise to sleep better
Research suggests that using white noise can help you sleep better as it helps to create a bedtime routine, keeps the room calm, and helps “shut down” your busy brain.
Wear custom earplugs to prevent hearing loss
Prolonged and recurring subjection to any sound above 85 decibels can lead to irreparable hearing loss (rock concerts can get to over 100 decibels). Using custom made earplugs is a simple way to protect against hearing injury, and the most current earplugs can retain sound quality while reducing volume. Contact your local hearing care provider for more information.
Protect your hearing with the inverse square law
This law of physics could save your hearing. The inverse square law states that as you double the distance from the source of sound the strength of the sound drops by 75 percent. So, instead of standing front row at a rock concert, increase your distance from the loudspeakers as much as you can (while preserving a good view).
Use the 60/60 rule when listening to music
If you listen to a portable mp3 music player with earbuds, keep the volume at 60 percent of the maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes per day to avoid hearing loss.
Favor your right ear for conversations
A study executed over the course of six years by researchers at UCLA and the University of Arizona found that the right ear is better designed for speech and the left ear for music. So the next time you’re having difficulty hearing a conversation, direct your right ear towards the speaker.
Control your listening environment
Using hearing aids is probably not considered a life-hack, but it is the only way to properly enhance hearing in the presence of hearing loss—and the things you can accomplish with modern day hearing aids are truly incredible. For instance, some hearing aids are wireless and can be operated with smartphones or digital watches. That means the individual can inconspicuously modify volume and settings for each circumstance—in essence, the user can literally regulate the sound environment. We can’t think of any other life-hack cooler or more helpful than that. What did we miss? What are your favorite life-hacks (health-related or in general)? Are You Ready to Get Started?Great! Just fill out the short form below to schedule your appointment.