Tips & Advice

5 easy ways to protect your hearing when on holidays

Holidays are all about enjoyment, but the laughter and good times are muted if you end up damaging your hearing.

There’s no need to worry – our friends at Blamey Saunders hears are armed with five important tips to help you protect your hearing when travelling.

1. Avoid prolonged exposure to loud noise

Loud noise can damage your hearing – and when on the road you are often exposed to a range of different sounds. The higher the noise level, the shorter the length of time your ears can tolerate the strain.

While it’s not always possible to avoid loud noise altogether, you can limit your exposure. Giving your ears a break is as easy as walking away from the sound source for at least 10 minutes.  

2. Use hearing protection

Buy the best quality hearing protection you can afford and wear it when you know you’re going to be around loud sound.

Jet skis and boats are some of the more obvious holiday hearing hazards, but studies have also shown that thin-faced titanium golf clubs produce noise levels loud enough to damage your hearing.

Customised ear plugs offer the best protection and can be ordered through most hearing clinics. You can purchase plugs designed to filter out excessive loud noise without drowning out normal environmental sounds.

3. Turn the volume down

As a general rule, if you need to raise your voice to be heard over noise, it’s probably doing you damage. So be kind to your ears; drop the volume of your personal music player or radio when on the road or turn down the sound of the TV in your BIG4 accommodation.

4. Practice safe ear hygiene

Take note of these simple tips to protect your ears:

  • Always use swimmer’s earplugs or a neoprene hood or swimmer’s cap when taking a dip in the pool or the ocean.
  • Don’t try to dry your ears by poking anything into your ear canals. Tissues should be safe. Gently dry around your ears with a towel or a hair dryer on the lowest setting.
  • Don’t wait until you get home to treat respiratory tract infections or allergies. Treat them promptly to reduce your risk of ear infections.
  • Think twice about flying with sinus problems and consider a road trip instead. A burst ear drum can be very painful, and people have experienced lasting balance and hearing problems from congestion mixed with the air pressure of planes. 

5. Get regular hearing check-ups

Hearing loss can sneak up on you, and it’s important to treat it early. If you notice changes in your hearing, it might be a good idea to have it tested.

To make sure you’re not missing anything, you can take our free Speech Perception test online, as often as you like. It’s designed to give you an accurate report of the real-world speech sounds you can and can’t hear.

Please note: it’s important that you head to your GP if you experience sudden hearing loss so that serious underlying conditions can be ruled out or treated.

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