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4 FAQs About Ear Protection

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Ear protection isn’t something to just pick without thinking about it. Your hearing is a sense that you shouldn’t ignore, and you should be ensuring that you head to your regular audiologist appointments to discuss the best avenues for ear protection for your hearing. Being exposed to a high level of noise a lot of the time means that you should be paying attention to how to protect your ears.

The thing is, audiologists will advise you to go with ear protection, but you will be full of questions during that appointment. Once you know what types of ear protection are out there for you to consider, you can then start deciding whether that protection is correct for your hearing needs. Below, you’ll find four frequently asked questions that often crop up when it comes to those who are interested in protecting their hearing. This includes those without hearing loss and those who have already lost some of their hearing capabilities.

What Are The Best Ear Protection Devices?

There are a few main options when it comes to the devices available to you, and these are:

  • Earplugs
  • Earmuffs
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • Wax balls

Some of these option are disposable and others are not, and some still allow you to hear things and others do not.

Could My Job Be Damaging My Hearing?

Yes, there are plenty of professions out there that mean that their staff are exposed to loud noise for most of the day. In these professions, your hearing can most definitely be damaged. Carpenters, construction workers and even gardeners can find their hearing begins to decline early, particularly where they are on the job. The frequent hammering in a mechanic workshop and the high decibels from a large lawn mower can contribute to your hearing loss. Your audiologist can confirm whether your job is affecting your hearing.

How Do I Tell If Noise Is Too Loud?

One of the best ways to tell if the noise around you is too loud is to raise your own voice during a conversation with someone standing a few feet from you. If you have to do this, the noise is too loud. You’ll find in clubs that the music is so loud that you have to yell in the ear of your friends. When you start having to do this, you need to consider bringing earplugs with you in case the environment that you are in is going to be too loud.

When Do I Need To See An Audiologist?

You can notice changes in your hearing almost straight away, and if you do notice any adjustments in your hearing, you need to book your appointment with your audiologist straight away. If you are working in a noisy environment, you should book appointments more often - just to keep an eye on your hearing while you’re at work.

If you are in any way concerned, don’t wait around. Speak to a professional audiologist and get your hearing under control early - the fast you do this, the better off you will be.


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