How to prevent hearing loss

Hearing is one of our most valued senses. It constantly supplies us with vital information and makes us able to communicate, experience emotions and recall memories. Our hearing is the only one of our senses that is constantly active – even when we sleep. It is easy to take it for granted – see what you can do to take good care of your hearing.

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Today, people of all ages increasingly use smartphones – and headphones – for communication, work, entertainment, education, and when listening to music. It’s convenient and flexible – but it may also include a risk for hearing loss if the sound is too loud. Most smartphones have an indicator that warns you when this is happening, and we highly recommend you to pay attention to this.

The louder the noise and the longer you are exposed to it, the bigger the risk of damaging your hearing. Therefore, protect your ears with earplugs, ear cup headphones or other kinds of ear protectors whenever it is possible – and get away from the noise as quickly or as often as you can. 


Take good care of your hearing – be aware of these situations and try to avoid them in order to protect your ears.

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    Environments where you have to shout over background noise to make yourself heard.

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    Locations where noise hurts your ears or makes them ring.

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    Places and situations where afterwards you find it difficult to hear for several hours.

Did you know?

Sound is measured in decibels (dB). The higher the number, the louder the noise. Exposure to more than 85 dB for hours every day may cause damage to your hearing according to most hearing care professionals. But what does 85 dB feel like, and when is loud too loud? To give you an idea, here are some typical noise levels.

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Normal conversation: 60dB 

Busy streets: 75-85 dB 

Lawn mower: 90 dB 

Chain saw: 100-120 dB 

Heavy lorry seven metres away: 100 dB 

Music on smartphone on loud: 112dB

 Loud car horn: 110 dB

Rock concert: 120dB 

Ambulance siren: 120 dB

Jet engine: 140 dB

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Tinnitus 

Tinnitus is related to hearing loss. See what you can do to avoid it.

See what you can do to avoid it. Tinnitus is a ringing, throbbing, buzzing, or clicking sound in the ears. It is a not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying condition such as hearing loss or another ear injury. The most common cause of tinnitus is damage to the sensory hair cells in the inner ear from exposure to loud noises. To prevent tinnitus we strongly advise you to use ear protection when working or staying in excessively noisy environments – and to turn down the volume when you listen to music through headphones. Be aware that in-ear headphones are more likely to contribute to tinnitus and hearing loss than other headphone models. Also, to minimize the risk for tinnitus, let your ears rest occasionally.
Remember to seek help if you think you have tinnitus. Book a consultation at Audika – we are always ready to help you. 

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3 simple rules to prevent hearing loss 

  • 1. Do not overload your ears


    If you do, wear ear protection - no matter if you are at work, at home, at a concert or on the go!

  • 2. Keep to the 60/60-rule


    When you listen to music do not exceed 60% of your device’s maximum volume for more than 60 minutes a day.

  • 3. Take a break

    Take a break from excessively noisy places - and let your ears rest occasionally in quite places

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