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4 Reasons to Wear Ear Protection

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Did you know that according to recent reports one in 10 Americans experiences some form of hearing loss? Typically, hearing loss is caused by exposure to loud noise. The noise in question could be anything from heavy equipment to music being played by a band. Issues in both our personal and professional lives can impact our hearing due to loud noises. Luckily, there are various forms of ear protection that you can consider using to prevent substantial hearing damage. You can speak to an audiologist about these possibilities. But first, let’s think about why you should wear ear protection.

1. Random exposure to loud noise

You may not be exposed to loud noise on a daily basis, but you could on occasion be exposed to loud noises. It’s likely that this would be due to choices in your personal life. For instance, you might love listening to loud music. Depending on the music you choose to listen to, and the environment, this type of noise can regularly exceed 80 decibels. It is at this point that the noise becomes dangerous to your ears and can cause permanent hearing loss. Noise like this can also cause tinnitus. Tinnitus will leave you with a constant or recurring ringing in your ear that is annoying and may even prevent you from hearing properly.

Wearing ear protection as advised by an audiologist you can reduce the volume of noise that will be heard by your ears, thereby greatly reducing the chance of damage.

2. A noisy workplace

There are some noisy environments that they will not be able to avoid, due to a professional commitment. If you are a construction worker operating on the roads, you will need to use a range of heavy equipment including drills. Drills are a vital tool but emit noises at high sound decibels. As such, it is important to wear ear protection around devices like this to prevent damage. Typically earmuffs are the best option here. They are the most effective tool for muffling the noise and provide the greatest possible protection for this type of environment.

3. In the home

You may not realize this, but you can also be exposed to loud noises in and around your home. Have you been using a weed cutter to get rid of some of those nasty shrubs? Perhaps you have been using your brand new riding mower. Speak to an audiologist, and they will tell you that these devices can emit incredibly loud noises. As such, it is best to using ear protection when operating devices like this around your home. Even a powerful home fan can produce enough noise at a high volume to put your ears at risk.

4. There are various options

Of course, one of the main reasons to use ear protection these days is that there are so many different options to choose from. Speak to an audiologist, and you’ll find that ear protection can be very subtle. You can even get types that will block out certain frequencies allowing you to still hear clearly.