Hearing Protection Products
Hearing loss caused by loud sounds is becoming more common. The sad thing is that all of this type of hearing loss can be prevented by using hearing protection products. Today, we will examine statistics on noise-induced hearing loss, when you need hearing protection, and the different types of hearing protection products available.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Statistics
Last year the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders in conjunction with the CDC conducted a new analysis on noise-induced hearing loss. The statistics they found are quite staggering. Close to one in four (24%) of adults in the U.S. between the ages of 20 and 69 shows signs of noise-induced hearing loss in one or both ears.
When Do You Need Hearing Protection?
As you can see, noise-induced hearing loss is on the rise, but hearing protection is available. The key is knowing when you should wear hearing protection. These are common situations where using hearing protection can prevent noise-induced hearing loss:
- Exposure to loud machinery and other noises at work.
- Loud power tools or machinery such as a snow blower, lawn mower, electric saw, etc.
- Concerts and sporting events.
- Loud, explosive noises such as gun fire, fireworks or explosions.
4 Types of Custom Hearing Protection
There actually are different types of hearing protection depending on the type of noise you are protecting your ears from. We can help you choose the right type of protection based on the noise you are exposed to as well as the size and shape of your ears. Here are 4 types of custom hearing protection available:
- Industrial/Safety: Professionals working in close proximity to loud machinery, engines, power tools, etc. require hearing protection to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Many employers have a strict policy that employees must use hearing protection while they are on the job. Whether the noises on the job are short duration or longer, protecting your ears from permanent hearing damage is a wise thing to do. Many household chores such as blow drying, vacuum cleaning, yard-work, or using a food processor/blender can be loud enough to harm your hearing.
- Digital Protection: Hunters and other firearm enthusiasts should always use hearing protection. Specialized electronic hearing protection devices which look a lot like hearing aids can protect the user’s hearing from the sudden, loud impulse noise of firearms. These devices also provide the user with pass-through hearing ability when nobody is shooting which promotes a safe shooting environment.
- Recreational Protection: Riding motorcycles, attending loud amplified concerts, and many kinds of sporting events can cause noise-induced hearing loss.
- Swimming Ear Plugs: A custom fitting ear plug can help prevent water from getting into a person’s ear canal during showers or other aquatic activities. Many people develop swimmer’s ear and other infections from bacteria that grow in water that may be stuck inside their ear canal. Individuals with holes in their ear drums from surgery or injury also need to keep this area dry. Ask us about how to protect your ears during any and all of your recreational activities.
Hearing Solutions. Inc. Specializes in Solutions for All Types of Hearing Problems
If you would like to find out more about treating hearing loss and discover your listening options, please contact us at Hearing Solutions, Inc. to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing professionals today. We are here for you!