Protecting Your Hearing
Hearing Protection: Exposure to excessive noise during work or leisure activities can furthermore increase a person’s risk of hearing loss. This can potentially worsen a pre-existing hearing problem. Continuous exposure to 85 decibels (dB) can have a detrimental effect on your hearing. Take for example, the noise of a street with constant heavy traffic.
If the exposure to loud noise lasts for a an extended period of time, the cells responsible for our sense of hearing will be irreversibly damaged. Doctors consider exposure to loud music, such as a rock concert or via headphones, to be particularly dangerous. Specially since the sound intensity can sometimes reach 110 – 120 dB. The traumatic effect of a sudden loud sound, like an explosion, can also permanently damage hearing.
Other activities that may cause hearing loss over time. Use of a personal radio/CD player/stereo at a high volume. Use of firearms; operating heavy machinery and use of power tools. The good news is that the noise in these cases is usually easily managed. Simply done by turning down the volume or by wearing ear protection.
Federal regulations govern allowable noise levels in the workplace. Moreover it is the employer’s role in providing ear protection. More information on this subject can be found at www.osha.org. In addition to using ear protection, those who are regularly exposed to noise should have their hearing tested regularly.
Additionally certain medications are toxic to the ear. If you have a hearing loss, be sure to inform your doctor of your condition before beginning any new medications. There may be instances where other medications, that are not toxic to the ear, can be substituted.
Hearing Protection: How loud is too loud?
A general rule of thumb. If you have to raise your voice to be heard over the music/noise, it is too loud. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Communicable Diseases, noises above 85 dB can cause hearing damage.
Hearing Protection: Ear protection
As a matter of fact there is no cure for noise-induced hearing loss. Prevention is the sensible alternative. Modern devices which protect your hearing such as commercially available earplugs or custom-made ear molds. These can give effective protection against noise.
Furthermore if you are exposed to continuous noise in your leisure activities or at work, contact us for advice on the latest hearing protection methods. We will recommend in all honesty what benefits and best suit your needs. Contact us and mark an appointment now.