Protecting Your Hearing
Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the U.S. Continuous exposure to 85 dB (loud restaurant, handsaw or heavy traffic) or louder can have a detrimental effect on your hearing. The traumatic effect of a sudden loud sound, like a gunshot or explosion, can also permanently damage hearing. A general rule of thumb is if you have to raise your voice to be heard over the music/noise, it is too loud. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Communicable Diseases, noises above 85 dB can cause hearing damage.
Certain medications and chemicals are toxic to the ear and can cause hearing loss or balance disorders. This is called Ototoxicity, which literally means ear poisoning (oto = ear, toxicity = poisoning). 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. More information about Ototoxicity can be found here.
Devices designed to protect your hearing, such as earplugs or custom-made ear molds with various filter systems, can be effective in protecting against noise.
Also, for children and teenagers who frequently get Swimmer's Ear, we have custom ear plus available. You can read about it here on our blog post.
If you are exposed to continuous noise or need protection in the water, contact us for advice on the latest hearing protection methods that will benefit and best suit your needs.