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The sheer cacophony of the modern world can become overwhelming for our senses. Our eyes are bombarded with different levels of brightness both during the day and at night. Modern high-rise office buildings have tinted windows which react to sunlight, becoming darker upon sunlight touching the surface. Then, when we walk outside of these buildings, we’re met with the full force of the sunshine. At night, we’re on our smartphones so our eyes have to go from a low light focus to a bright object focus. And the hours of Netflix I binge on is enough to make my eyes want to just quit working! Our hearing too is always being challenged. Many of us wear headphones at work and at home, not to mention earphones while commuting. This can put a strain on our eardrums as well as the soft surrounding tissue.
So the real question is, will our two most important senses adapt on their own, to the modern world?
Prolonged earphone usage
No matter what generation you’re from, most people know or use portable earphones. They’re great for commuting because unlike headphones, they’re not closed-cup. Essentially, they allow outside noise to filter in, thus keeping you safe for when you’re doing things like crossing the road or waiting for a train. However, since we not only use earphones at home and on our way to work, we are doing untold damage to our ears. There’s a reason why our ears are shaped the way they are. They capture noise and reverberation sound waves into our ear canal, so the vibrations can be absorbed by our eardrums. What earphones and headphones do is bypass this completely and simply shuffle noise straight onto our eardrum. This can cause severe vibrations and the sensitive tissues can begin to suffer microtears.
If you’re an avid music listener, do not turn the volume higher than 70 or 80 decibels. This can cause hearing impairment. It’s also good to take off your earphones for a couple of minutes once every half an hour. If you have a constant ringing noise in the ears as well as muffling of voices, you may have already done damage to your ear. In which cause looking at hearing aid fitting services give you comfort. Those that have not ever had a hearing aid, will be a bit nervous. However, the professionals at HSC will take you step by step through the process. Firstly they’ll measure your ears, so snug but not uncomfortable fitting can be made. They’ll also give you a hearing aid, desirable for your lifestyle so you don’t need to stop doing the things you love.
Workplace adaptations for eyesight
We should all be thankful for the modern lifestyle regarding the professional environment. Employees have plenty of options at their disposal to make their work-life more comfortable and enjoyable. However, no matter if you’re standing or sitting at your desk, you’re always close to a screen. This means that your eyes are constantly focussed on an object that is close. A normal workday is 8 hours, thus your eyes are in a state of close proximity focus for a long time. After years and years of this, eventually, your eyes will have trouble focusing on objects that are far away.
If you constantly feel eye strain, it’s important to tell your boss that you’re having eyesight problems. Most companies will have adaptations ready in place. They’ll allow you to bring in a lamp from home and turn down the screen brightness. Your work might also put you down as a large font reader, so reports and documents are printed slightly larger for your eyesight. You could also ask to have your desk moved into a spot where there’s more natural light.
Go with nature
It’s important to not become codependent on your glasses all the time. Try to go for a walk in the park or the local woods where you can follow a trail and not have to wear your glasses. Allow your eye muscles to get a workout, focussing on the world without any support. This keeps your eyes alert and active. Listening to the natural sounds of streams, the wind, birdsong and more, can also calm your nerves and relax your ears if you suffer from tinnitus. When you’re living a tense lifestyle, it tends to be felt through our senses as well as our bodies.
The daily challenges both our eyes and ears go through, is unlike those humanity has ever faced. We have earphones and earpods on or in our ears for long periods of time, with the volume higher than 80 decibels. This can lead to lasting eardrum damage which can only then be rectified by a hearing aid fitting. Avoid this and give your eyes and ears a more natural life.
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