Five Tips to Protect Your Hearing and the Best Headphones to Help

tips to protect your hearing

Do you hear ringing, roaring, hissing or buzzing? Got the feeling that your ear is plugged?

Around a quarter of 18-44 year olds have reported hearing loss, with the World Health Organization (WHO) stating that

“1.1 billion young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise”.

If you think this affects you, we have some great advice – including the headphones to protect your hearing and help you tune out the background noise.

Tip #1: Keep the Volume Down

Starting with something simple, but surprisingly hard to do.

When the background noise gets too much it’s almost an automatic reaction to turn up the volume. Unfortunately, the amped music adds to the background noise, putting extra stress on your ears. It’s best to aim for keeping the volume below 60% of the maximum.

Another easy trick is to ask your friends if they can hear your music – if so, it’s up too high!

Tip #2: Avoid Extreme Noise

Obviously some things just can’t be avoided – you can’t alter accidentally putting your speakers on too loud, having to walk past a building site, or taking the noisy tube every morning. But if you can avoid subjecting your ear drums to unnecessary wear and tear by taking a different route to work, why don’t you? Every little helps.

protect your ears on work route
Try changing your route to work to protect your ears from loud situations.

Tip #3: Give Your Ears Time to Recover

Make sure you take a few minutes away from your headphones every hour or so re-establish a ‘normal’ volume level. If you can hold your earphones at arms length and still hear the music, you probably need to let your ears recover.

A good way to make sure you remember is to set a reminder on your phone. If you also take a quick walk around the office and drink some water at the same time, you’ll feel fantastic!

Tip #4: Switch Off More

This is the most simple way to use headphones to protect your hearing. It may seem a bit boring at first, but taking some quiet time to yourself is great for focus and productivity. Instead of blasting tunes, put some headphones on and block out the excessive noise of the world – especially when it’s you co-workers causing an unwanted distraction.

To do this successfully, you need to see tip #5…

headphones puts stress on your eardrums
Wearing your headphones all day puts stress on your eardrums – try to have a break once an hour!

Tip #5: Buy Some Noise Cancelling Headphones to Protect Your Hearing

This kind of headphone helps tune out the background noise.

They aren’t just a physical barrier against unwanted interruptions like the hums of public transport. Active noise cancelling headphones emit sound waves that cause destructive interference, eliminating noises before they reach your ears. Even squealing, high pitched noises can be made far more tolerable (think that crying baby on the bus…) without diminishing the sound quality of your music.

TaoTronic’s Over-Ear active noise cancelling headphones are perfect for anyone on the move who wants to protect their ears. A full charge provides 30 hours of playback, meaning you won’t have to worry about them running out of juice on your commute. What’s more, they look great at a fantastic price. What’s not to love?!

BH060 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
Make sure you protect your ears – our model wears TT-BH060 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Ultimately, it’s important to remember that headphones aren’t inherently dangerous. Safe usage and taking advantage of noise cancellation technology are all positive ways you can help use headphones to protect your hearing for years to come.

What’s the difference between noise cancelling and noise isolating headphones? Find out here!

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Rebecca Lee has a penchant for writing about all things audio-related for TaoTronics. Her editorial endeavors include testing out the latest headphones to write in-depth product reviews that benefit our readers.

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