The world has become a far noisier place than it once was. This noise can cause irreparable damage to our hearing if we don't protect ourselves from it. Most hearing loss is not curable, it is as simple as that. Although almost everyone is aware that industrial workplace noises, jackhammers, gunfire, and other common everyday sounds can cause hearing loss.
Many are not really aware that loud music and other normal everyday sounds can contribute to hearing loss. This type of loss is called Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). It is also one of the harder hearing losses to treat because of the difficulty that a sufferer has with the soft consonants (the sharpness or clarity) in speech.
This is further compounded by the fact that someone who suffers with NIHL can hear low frequency noise and the vowels of speech exceptionally well, sometimes completely normally. This causes huge difficulty for understanding in any complex noisy sound environment.
Any sounds that are louder than 85 decibels can cause permanent irreversible hearing loss depending on your length of exposure (called dose). But just how loud is 85 decibels? Take a look at these decibel ratings and permissible dose times provided by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NIOSH/CDC.)
Intensities of Common Sounds in Decibels
|Sounds||Intensities||Permissible exposure time|
|City Traffic, inside the car||85 dB||8 hours|
|Bulldozer||88 dB||4 hours|
|Jazz Concert||91 dB||2 hours|
|Power Mower||94 dB||1 hour|
|Nightclub||97 dB||30 minutes|
|Ambulance Siren, inside driver window down||100 dB||15 minutes|
|Rock Concert, Leaf Blower||115 dB||30 seconds|
The conservation of normal hearing is a far better strategy than the treatment of a hearing loss. At Connect Hearing, we take hearing conservation very seriously and promote best practice hearing conservation whenever we can. At present, it is not possible to repair the damage done to hearing by noise exposure. Our advice is not to needlessly suffer something that you can avoid
Loud, constant sounds all day long at work can cause long term hearing problems. Loud, sudden noises (gunfire, industrial noises, woodworking, motorcycles, loud music, motorized lawn equipment, noisy hobbies and other noises louder than 90 db) are more damaging to hearing than regular and extended exposure to loud sounds over a period of time. When properly fitted, earplugs can significantly reduce loud noises and prevent hearing damage and loss. Hearing protectors not properly fitted to the wearer’s ears do not effectively prevent damaging noises from penetrating the ear canal.
Custom fit earplugs provide outstanding noise protection for a variety of recreational and occupational environments. Prolonged noise from loud machinery and tools on the job can damage your hearing - even short bursts of sound over 90 decibels can have an impact. We offer several custom hearing protection options for those who are exposed to high-noise environments. Five different acoustic filters are available, offering a range from low to very high attenuation with only the harmful level filtered out while ambient noise and speech level remain clearly audible
Custom made earmoulds are a far superior solution to foam or generic shaped earlugs. They are created from an identical copy or impression of the your ear and ear canal so an excellent fit is guaranteed. Earmoulds are the preferred choice of those who use in-ear products for prolonged periods of time, like news broadcasters or musicians. Custom moulded ear-inserts or earmoulds are used in a variety of applications including news broadcasters, security communication, sports, motorcyclists, shooting, professional musicians, Mp3 players, Noise protection. We are able to produce ear-inserts for almost any application.
Hunting requires you to have the ability to hear very soft sounds, while still protecting the ear from the peak noise levels of a shot gun blast. Fortunately, hunters have many options for protection. Not only can they choose from custom or over-the-counter ear plugs or ear muffs, they can also choose protection devices that provide amplification while reducing the sounds of gunfire down to a safe level.
Professional musicians work in a high decibel environment in which hearing loss, tinnitus, hyper-sensitivity to sound and sound distortion can result. Traditional earplugs will not work for the professional musician, as they reduce sound by muffling low-to-mid-range frequencies. Custom musicians ear molds are available that can protect the musician’s ears from loud sounds without distorting what they hear. There are also a variety of ‘in ear monitors’ that will enhance the music experience whether you are a serious musician or just a music aficionado. Many products are available that will even enhance the music experience.
As many as 50 percent of all recreational shooters may suffer some degree of hearing loss. It is generally thought that loud noises in excess of 90 decibels are harmful to hearing over prolonged exposure. Most gunfire exceeds 130 decibels and requires reliable, quality hearing protection. Using ear protection can prevent needless and permanent damage to hearing.
Electronic earplugs enhance the sounds around you. For example, you can hear game movement but also reduce impulse sounds such as gunfire, down to a safe level. This helps prevent damage to your hearing. Electronic earplugs are available in custom molds as well as standard, less expensive alternatives.
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