Life hack is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as: “A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.” Life hacks can help you save both time and money, and some are so simple you’ll ask yourself why you hadn’t already thought of them.
Clever but straightforward life-hacks include flipping your toaster oven on its side to make a grilled cheese sandwich, utilizing the sticky portion of sticky notes to clean in between the individual keys of a keyboard, and using duct tape to open jars.
Life-hacks can even relate to the human body: some examples include scratching your ear to cure an itch in your throat, lying on your left side to alleviate acid reflux, and pressing your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth to relieve brain freeze from ice cream or frozen foods.
But what about our hearing? Are there any life-hacks we can use to help us hear better or easier? It turns out that there are quite a few—here are our picks for the best 7.
1. Test your hearing using the internet
You can rapidly test for hearing loss with one of the several applications accessible online, or by taking the online hearing test on our website. If the results show hearing loss, you can then book a professional hearing test with your community hearing care provider.
2. Utilize white noise for a better night’s sleep
Studies suggest that using white noise can make it easier to sleep better as it helps to create a bedtime routine, keeps the room quiet, and helps “turn off” your active brain.
3. Wear custom made earplugs to prevent hearing loss
Prolonged and repeated exposure to any sound higher than 85 decibels can develop into permanent hearing loss (rock concerts can get to over 100 decibels). Wearing custom earplugs is an easy way to protect against hearing injury, and the most current earplugs can preserve sound quality while reducing volume. Contact your local hearing care professional for more information.
4. Protect your hearing with the inverse square law
This law of physics could end up saving your hearing. The inverse square law states that as you double the distance from the origin of sound the intensity of the sound falls by 75 percent. So, in lieu of standing front row at a rock concert, increase your distance from the loudspeakers as much as you can (while sustaining a good view).
5. Use the 60/60 rule when listening to music
If you listen to a portable music player with earbuds, keep the volume at 60 percent of the maximum volume for a maximum of 60 minutes per day to prevent hearing loss.
6. Favor your right ear for conversations
A study carried out over the course of six years by researchers at UCLA and the University of Arizona discovered that the right ear is better designed for speech and the left ear for music. So the next time you’re having issues understanding a conversation, turn your right ear towards the speaker.
7. Regulate your listening environment
Using hearing aids is probably not regarded as a life-hack, but it is the only means to appropriately enhance hearing in the presence of hearing loss—and the things you can do with contemporary hearing aids are truly incredible.
For example, some hearing aids are wireless and can be controlled with smartphones or digital watches. As a result, the individual can inconspicuously adjust volume and settings for each circumstance—in essence, the user can literally regulate the sound environment. We can’t come up with any other life-hack cooler or more useful than that.
What did we miss? What are your favorite life-hacks (health-related or in general)?