Hearing Loss Prevention
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Protect Your Ears from Hearing Loss
From birth until old age, loud sounds can damage our hearing. Loud music, fireworks, city streets, industrial sounds, sporting events and other common, everyday sounds that are louder than 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. Call us for information on the baby ear protection pictured, and many other innovations now on the market.
The thing to remember: it’s most often the duration of exposure to loud sounds that damages your hearing. A loud bang is obviously bad for your ears, but how about that loud workplace or sporting event?
Take a look at these decibel ratings and permissible exposure 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|
For a complete listing of over 1700 noises and their corresponding decibel levels, check out the Noise Navigator at http://www.e-a-r.com/pdf/hearingcons/Noise_Nav.xls.
Occupational Noise and Hearing Protection
According to the NIOSH, approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, causing an estimated $242 million per year to be spent on worker’s compensation due to hearing loss disability. The law now protects your ears from damaging workplace volumes. If your work does not respond, call our offices for help in this regard. You are entitled to hearing protection, possible hearing devices, periodic hearing tests and education for workers along with administrative controls that include accurate record keeping, evaluations and audits.
Firearm Ear Protection
Shooting requires one to have the ability to hear very soft sounds, while still protecting the ear from the peak noise levels of a gun blast. Most gunfire exceeds 130 decibels and requires reliable, quality hearing protection. Using ear protection can prevent needless and permanent damage to hearing. Shooters have many options for protection at the range or while hunting. Not only can they choose from custom or over-the-counter shooters’ plugs or ear muffs, they can also choose protection devices that provide amplification of soft sounds and conversation while reducing (attenuating) the sounds of gunfire down to a safe level.
Law enforcement personnel should take special heed to this.
Musicians and the crews that work in live music environments 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 (or the avid live music fan), as they ruin the music sound by muffling low-to-mid-range frequencies.
Custom fitted musicians earplugs are available that can protect ears from loud sounds without distorting what they hear. They allow the full frequency spectrum to reach your ear while damping down the harmful volume spikes of live music.
Many pro musicians on stage now wear ‘in ear monitors’ that take the place of floor monitor loudspeakers. The pro audio industry is JUST NOW taking note of the widespread hearing loss that loud music has brought upon us.
We ate Parker Hearing Institute want you to continue to enjoy live music, so ask us about our Musicians’ Plugs or attenuators for music fans and also hearing protection for your children.
Industrial Hearing Protection
Please consider that loud, constant sounds all day long at work can cause long term hearing problems. Sudden noises (truck brakes sqealing, fireworks, industrial noises, construction and woodworking, motorcycles, loud music, motorized lawn equipment, noisy hobbies and other noises louder than 90 db) are damaging to hearing 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. Please come see us if in question.
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