Hearing Loss Prevention: Top Tips

New figures have been released revealing that hearing loss is one of the most common occupational illnesses in America; and that noise is one of the most common causes.

An activity influencing hearing impairment and permanently damaging your hearing is said to be a single shot of a shot gun, at close range; as well as repeated exposures to loud machinery.

In the findings, it has shown that 10 million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise; and that 30 million are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day.

PHYSICAL DAMAGE

Excessive noise damages the delicate hair cells in the inner ear, causing sensorineural hearing loss and often tinnitus (ringing of the ears).

A way to prevent this is being conscious and wary of loud recreational activities such as clubs, music concerts, arcades and sporting events.

If you are say a police officer, a fire fighter or a construction worker then these occupations are particularly hazardous and risky.

Check with your employer to make sure you have adequately protected your hearing according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

CAUTIONING SIGNALS

Warning signs that you are being fed dangerous noise levels are; if you have to shout over noise to talk to someone who is only three feet away; you have pain in your ears after leaving a noisy area; you hear ringing or buzzing in your ears immediately after exposure to noise; and you suddenly have difficulty understanding speech after exposure to noise; you can hear people talking but you cannot understand them.

So what can you do to protect your hearing? Here are some top tips…

–          Limit exposure time to noisy activities.

–          Wear hearing protection, such as foam or silicone ear plugs or muffs for example when mowing the lawn, or using a leaf blower.

–          At home, turn down the volume on the television, radio, and mp3s.

–          Buy quieter products (compare dB ratings – the smaller the better).

–          Reduce the number of noisy appliances running at the same time.

Prevention is critical: one-third of hearing loss is preventable with proper hearing protection.

Protect the hearing you have now to avoid having to wear hearing aids later.

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