An estimated 10% of the world’s population have some degree of hearing loss. Of these, one third damaged their hearing from excessive exposure to sound that could have been avoided. The number of people with hearing issues is growing – possibly because we are exposing ourselves to more and louder noise in the form of music, machinery, traffic and everyday sounds.
To help you keep your hearing healthy we’ve got some tips on how to protect your hearing from unnecessary damage.
Limit the amount of time you spend in loud environments:
- Wear earplugs or protective hearing devices when involved in noisy activities
- Avoid playing your personal or car stereo at excessive volume and for long periods
- Ear wax protects your ears. Avoid using cotton buds or ear drops to remove wax as these can cause damage
- Give your ears a rest for 24 hours after exposure to high levels of noise
- When working with loud machinery or other noisy environments where you are exposed to excessive sound remember to wear protective hearing devices or ear plugs
How is hearing damaged?
When a person is over-exposed to excessive sound levels, sensitive structures of the inner ear can be damaged. This can result in permanent, noise-induced hearing loss. It can happen after a brief but intense sound such as an explosion, or from regular exposure to noise over time.
Hearing protection options
When working in a noisy work environment, there are certain precautions that can be taken to protect your hearing from any further loss. Products such as ear muffs and ear protection plugs are available and can be customised to suit your needs and work environment.
Protection devices vary in price, size, shape, weight, level of comfort and how much noise is reduced. In some instances both ear plugs and ear muffs will be required to ensure an airtight seal and prevent high levels of sound.
To find out what type of protection is best suited to your needs, contact your nearest Bay Audiology clinic.