Hearing Loss Protection

Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

noise-induced-hearing loss-2Exposure to loud noise, on a regular basis or in a one-time event, is one of the main causes of hearing loss in the United States.

Hearing is one way for us to situate ourselves in our environment. On a daily basis, we are exposed to a wide range of sounds. Hearing specialists estimate that listening to an 85-decibel sound for eight hours as the potential to damage your hearing permanently. The exposure time and decibel level become more dangerous as the longer and louder they grow.

Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by exposure to loud noise. Our inner ear hair cells are responsible for translating sound waves into neural signals which are registered by our brains as sound. Over time, loud noises will damage these cells, which do not regenerate. This leads to sensorineural hearing loss.

Protection for Musicians/Music Industry

musicians-ear-protection-victorvilleMany people in the music industry have reported cases of hearing loss. Lead singer of The Who, Pete Townshend, has said, “I have severe hearing damage. It’s manifested itself as tinnitus, ringing in the ears at frequencies that I play guitar. It hurts, it’s painful, and it’s frustrating.”

For people whose livelihood and passion depends on hearing, it is important to secure custom ear protection. Custom hearing protection is available for musicians and others in the music industry. The in-ear monitor option gives musicians and other staff the ability to hear the sounds of the music while also protecting the ears from the damaging levels of sound.

An average live concert clocks in at 115 decibels, well over the 85-decibel threshold identified by hearing specialists. A mere 30 seconds at a live concert at 115 decibels may damage your hearing.

Musicians and people who work in the music industry are exposed on a regular basis to hazardous levels of sound on the job. Even amateur musicians who play music in their garage are exposed to dangerous decibels, by their proximity to speakers.

Protection for Occupational and Recreational Hearing Hazards

In the US, 60% of the workforce experiences some degree of hearing loss. On a daily basis, workers are exposed to dangerous levels of sound in the workplace. There are obvious occupations, such as airport ground staff, construction work, and factory workers, where hazardous levels of noise are a common workplace experience.

There are many occupations we may not even consider loud but may permanently damage hearing. For example, dentists and dental assistants listen to the sounds of high-frequency drills. Nursery school teachers are exposed to the high-frequency voices of children. People who work in sports stadiums as well as cab drivers in busy city traffic (which is 85 decibels) may experience sounds detrimental to their hearing.

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Additionally, certain recreations expose people to dangerous sounds. Hunters, recreational shooters, and people who create DIY construction projects with power tools may experience high volumes without even realizing it.

At Optimum Audiology, we offer custom hearing protection for people in different occupations and with diverse recreational interests. Made from a mold of your ear, custom hearing protection provides the best defense against noise exposure.

Would you benefit from custom ear protection?

We invite you to schedule a consultation with our experienced audiologist, Dr. Mendoza.

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