HEARING LOSS PREVENTION

Hearing Protection and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

MOST-COMMON SOURCES

OF NOISE


Military service, construction/factory jobs, and flight crew work are all readily accepted as noisy occupations and are regulated by OSHA requiring hearing protection. Below are some hobbies that can contribute to noise-induced hearing loss.

With proper prevention – unlike conductive and sensorineural hearing losses – you can avoid a noise-induced hearing loss.

  • Woodworking

    Saws, drills, and sanders all produce hazardous noise.

  • Hunting

    All gunshots exceed a healthy level of noise and can severely affect your hearing if you are constantly subjected to such.

  • Musicians

    Playing instruments, singing and attending concerts all expose ears to excessively loud noise.

  • Earbuds

    Listening to earbuds can easily exceed OSHA requirements for safe noise levels.

NOISE LEVELS

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NORMAL CONVERSATIONS OR DISHWASHERS
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HAIR DRYERS, BLENDERS, AND LAWNMOWERS
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MP3 PLAYERS AT FULL VOLUME
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CONCERTS, CAR RACING, AND SPORTING EVENTS
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JET PLANES AT TAKEOFF
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GUN SHOTS, FIREWORKS, AND CUSTOM CAR STEREOS AT FULL VOLUME

HEARING PROTECTION:

PROs & CONs

Foam Earplugs

Pros: readily accessible, inexpensive
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Cons: Protection depends upon correct insertion, distorts music

Custom Ear Plugs

Pros: Consistent level of protection, wide variety of options available for different needs

Cons: requires visit with audiologist, higher cost

Ear Muffs

Pros: readily accessible, inexpensive
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Cons: bulky, distorts music
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