Protecting your hearing is a crucial step in preventing hearing loss. Continuous exposure to loud noises will cause irreparable damage to the cells responsible for your sense of hearing.
Certain medications are toxic to the ear. If you have a hearing loss, be sure to inform your doctor of your condition before beginning any new medications. There may be instances where other medications that are not toxic to the ear can be substituted.
Many activities may cause hearing loss over time; these include use of a personal radio/CD player/stereo at a high volume, firearm use, operating heavy machinery, and using power tools. Fortunately, the noise in these cases is easily managed by turning down the volume or by wearing ear protection. Federal regulations govern allowable noise levels in the workplace, and dictate the employer provide ear protection. For more information on this subject, visit www.osha.gov. In addition to using ear protection, those who are regularly exposed to loud noise should have their hearing tested regularly.
Some medications can be toxic to the ear. If you have a hearing loss, be sure to inform your doctor of your condition before taking any new medications. There may be instances where other medications that are not toxic to the ear can be substituted.
How loud is too loud?
To determine if a noise is too loud, rely on this general rule of thumb: if you have to raise your voice to be heard over the noise, it is too loud. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Communicable Diseases, noises above 85 dB can cause hearing damage.
Since noise-induced hearing loss cannot be cured, prevention is the sensible alternative. Modern devices to protect your hearing are a very effective prevention aid; these include commercially available earplugs and custom-made ear molds with various filter systems.
If you are exposed to continuous noise in your leisure activities or at work, contact us for advice on the latest hearing protection solutions. We’ll find one that is beneficial and designed to best suit your individual needs.