Why Get Custom Hearing Protection?
- By writers
- 30 May, 2016
Why Get Custom Hearing Protection?
Sounds of Everyday Life
Our ears are always on and we are always taking in sounds, whether we realize it or not. From the moment we wake up to an alarm clock to the honking of traffic during our commute to the nightly TV episodes we watch, we may potentially be damaging our ears unintentionally.
Hearing specialists believe that exposure to an 85-decibel sound for eight hours has the potential to permanently damage our hearing. The exposure time and decibel level of sounds become more dangerous to our hearing the longer and louder they grow.
Some occupations may expose employees to dangerous levels of sound, such as factory work, construction work, airfield operator, and even dentistry.
Paying attention the noises we expose ourselves to on a daily basis is important to preventing hearing loss. Custom hearing protection is one of our best defenses against permanent hearing loss.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common forms of hearing loss (along with presbycusis – age-related hearing loss). Noise-induced hearing loss may occur in a one-time traumatic event (explosion, gunfire) or over a longer period of time (occupational hearing hazards, recreational hearing hazards).
Noise-induced hearing loss occurs when exposure to loud noises damage our inner ear hair cells. Inner ear hair cells are responsible for translating the vibrations of sound waves into neural signals which are then registered by our brains as sound. When inner ear hair cells are damaged, they do not regenerate. Over the long term, the damage of inner ear cells may cause sensorineural hearing loss, which is permanent.
How to Protect Your Hearing
At Puget Sound Hearing and Audiology, we offer custom hearing protection for a variety of environments.
General Noise Protection
In the US, approximately 60% of the workforce experiences some degree of hearing loss. For occupational hearing hazards to protection from everyday noise, we offer custom ear protection molded from your ears. These provide greater protection than silicone or foam earplugs, which tend to fit poorly and still let in the dangerous levels of sound. Custom ear protection fits snugly in your ear, and allows you to hear the sounds you need to, while protecting you from the higher volumes that may cause permanent damage.
Musicians' Ear Protection
We offer musicians’ earplugs and in-ear monitors for professional and amateur musicians alike. Hearing specialists estimate that a live music concert clocks in at 115 decibels – and that 30 seconds in a venue with 115 decibels may cause permanent damage to your hearing. We know that hearing is crucial to your musical endeavors. Customized musicians’ plugs and in-ear monitors allow you to hear the sounds during your performance, while also protecting you from the dangerous volumes.
Whether you love landscaping or working on your construction projects in the woodshop or are an avid hunter, there is customizable hearing protection that will work for you. Additionally, sports fans and music lovers should consider protection when they attend events, as decibels in these venues may rise to dangerous levels of sound. Custom ear protection ensures that you are still able to pursue your passions without damaging your hearing.
You'll enjoy the way you hear. Schedule a consultation with us today...you'll be glad you did! Call 800-500-8243.