Anybody who’s headed home from a concert with ringing ears knows how much damage loud noises can do to your hearing, but obviously, rock music is far from the only culprit. Here are a few sneaky contributors to hearing loss to watch out for:
Blood-Related Conditions. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol affect almost every cell in your body, including your ears. Vibrations from tiny hair cells in your ears send your brain messages about what you’re hearing, but those cells need proper blood flow to function. Diabetics, for instance, are twice as likely to experience hearing loss than the rest of the population. Follow your recommended treatments to reduce this damage.
Blow-Dryers. A hair-dryer near your head can put out more than 85 decibels of noise, past the point that the National Institute of Health says could put you at risk for hearing loss. Maybe next time, consider air drying your hair-do.
Loud Music. Live shows aren’t the only music that’ll damage your ears. Cranking up the volume in your earbuds to drown out outside noise can hurt more over time than ever the loudest performance. Keep the volume at or below 60 percent to make sure it’s at a safe level. If you still can’t hear the music, consider sound-blocking headphones.
Medications. Diuretics for heart disease, chemotherapies, and antibiotics can damage your ears. Getting better is probably your first priority, but it’s worth talking to your doctor about whether the dose is high enough to hurt your hearing. Ibuprofen and aspirin can also hurt your hearing in large amounts, so make sure to stick to the regular dose.