Be Sense-Able: Protect Yourself From Hearing Loss

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Listen, hearing loss can come with old age and some prevailing health issues. It sucks, but it can’t always be avoided. However, if you’re blessed with good hearing now, you can take steps to ensure your ears work fine for many more years to come.

Wear hearing protection

If you can avoid loud noises, then do so. Taking a different route when you know there are going to be loud sounds from roadworks is one example, as is avoiding those bars and clubs where you can barely hear anybody when they are speaking to you. However, when you can’t avoid loud noise, wear hearing protection. Having earplugs or earmuffs with you when you’re out and about is useful, as you can put them on should you find yourself in a particularly noisy area. And wearing them when you’re engaged in a noisy activity, such as using machinery or mowing the law, is a good way to protect your hearing.

Turn down the volume

There’s a reason why the neighbours keep banging on the walls! It’s probably because your tv or music system is too loud. If you didn’t realise the volume was so high, you might already be suffering from one of the signs of hearing loss. However, if you have turned up the volume purposefully to immerse yourself in the song or film you are engaged with, then you are putting your hearing at risk. Do yourself, and your neighbours a favour, and turn down the volume to an acceptable level.

Use a smartphone app

If you’re in any way unsure when loud is too loud, use a decibel meter app to measure sound levels. The app will let you know when decibel levels are too high, and you can then take protective measures, such as using hearing protection, turning down the tv, or moving to a quieter and safer place.

Don’t stick anything in your ear

It sounds obvious, but how many of us still stick our fingers in our ear, or any other foreign object when trying to clean out ear wax? Even cotton swabs are unsafe, as they can cause damage to our ear canal if we push them in too deeply, and that will subsequently cause hearing loss. There are safer ways to clean your ears, such as using a damp cloth around the surface of your ear, or using an ear wax softener that is sold by your local pharmacist. You might want to see your doctor too, as they can irrigate your ears with a syringe. These are all safer methods than poking around with a finger or other object.

Avoid bad habits

Sticking your fingers in your ear is one bad habit you need to avoid, but there are others. Eating junk food is one, as studies have shown that a poor diet can affect your hearing. Instead, add these foods to your shopping list, as research suggests they will actually boost your ear health. And then give up smoking, if you haven’t already done so. Not only is this filthy habit bad for your lungs and heart, but studies have shown that tobacco smoke can be attributed to hearing loss. Try vaping instead!

You will miss your hearing when it’s gone, so be sense-able, and do all you can to protect yourself from hearing loss today.

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The Best Courses That Lead To Jobs

You don’t need me to tell you that finding a job is hard. It’s a competitive world out there, so you have to be well-prepared when looking for work. One way to help increase your chances of being hired is by educating yourself. Take a course, gain specific qualifications, and this opens up so many employment doors.

The question is; which courses are worth taking? Today, we’ll discuss the different educational courses that will help lead directly to jobs!

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Dentistry Courses

There are plenty of dentistry courses out there that lead to employment almost right away. I think it’s something like 90% of dental students find a job as soon as they graduate. It’s a shockingly high percentage, which goes to show the value of this type of course. The most obvious path is a five-year one where you train to become an actual dentist. Then, you can add an extra couple of years onto that to specialize in a particular area. Or, there are shorter courses for hygienists or dental nurses, both of which have equally impressive career prospects.

You need the right educational qualifications to do anything in the dental world. So, dentistry courses are extremely valuable as the rewards totally outweigh the costs of the course. When you gain the qualifications, it becomes very easy to find work.

Aviation Courses

Typically, aviation courses are run by universities and last three years or more. With these, you will learn all the skills needed to make it in the aviation sector. There are loads of courses around, and you should have a look online to find more info on the best ones. The jobs they lead into are diverse, and it depends on the specific course you took. From classes that give you a degree in aviation management, to ones that qualify you as a pilot; the sky’s the limit!

What makes these courses so beneficial is that you can’t really get jobs in this sector without the right qualifications. So, you immediately increase your chances of finding work by studying a relevant course and becoming qualified to take on roles that other people won’t be able to apply for.

Web Development Courses

How many websites do you encounter every day? We all spend hours a day loading up sites and browsing the web. But, do you ever stop and think about how all these sites get there in the first place? It’s all thanks to web developers who help code the websites and make them work. As a result, the demand for web developers is going through the roof. The problem is, this type of job is highly skilled, and you need the right training to be good at it. Which is why web development courses have become so popular!

The beauty of these courses is that they’re often very short and you can do them online from home. There are some university courses, but you usually don’t need an actual degree to get a job in this field. As long as you’ve gone on a course and learned all the right skills, that’s enough to find work and get paid. With more and more websites popping up every second, this is a career that will get more and more significant as time goes on.

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Building/Construction Courses

You may not see a job in building or construction as very glamorous, but taking a course on this subject is highly valuable. People who graduate with degrees in building/construction have a high chance of finding a job within a few months. Contrary to what you might think, this doesn’t mean you’ll be getting your hands dirty on a construction site. Often, these courses are more focused on the logistics behind construction and the management of sites. So, you’ll be in charge of overseeing operations and ensuring everything runs smoothly.

There are many courses to consider, such as quantity surveying or property development. These are two of the most popular as they lead to very well-paid jobs!

As you should be able to see, taking specific courses will dramatically enhance your employment opportunities. Most of the options on this list are courses you take in university. However, the web development one proves that you don’t need a degree to find a course that’ll help you get a job. To make things even better, the jobs you get after completing courses tend to be very skilled ones that pay extremely well! So, it’s often worth putting in the effort and studying hard because of the financial rewards you get when you find a job afterwards.

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