Audiology Hearing Clinic of Mequon

(262) 241-3144
11649 N. Port Washington Rd.
Mequon, WI 53092
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Can You Prevent Hearing Loss?

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Hearing loss can be prevented if it is caused by an external source, as it is not reversible once it has occurred. However, in situations when it is unavoidable, such as old age, it can be prevented from worsening. It's simple to tell if the noise surrounding you is excessively loud. 

Safe listening may be practiced in circumstances with deafening noise levels or via normal listening habits. It is critical not to take your ears for granted and to protect them from harm so that they do not influence you long term. It is critical to ensure that the decibel levels, which are used to measure noise, are at a safe level. You are at risk if you hear sounds that are louder than 85 decibels.

Prevention

It is recommended that you listen safely, which entails changing your behavior to noise levels and taking the required safeguards. It is critical, according to hearing health specialists and the World Health Organization (WHO), to keep track of the amount of noise you are exposed to. If you work in a noisy setting, avoid using headphones after being exposed to loud events, lower the level and duration, and take extra measures. To limit noise exposure, hearing protection is also necessary.

If the surrounding noises are harmful, work-related noise risks pose a greater danger and have a greater impact on individuals. When noise levels exceed 85 decibels, it is critical to take the required measures to avoid hearing damage and its consequences. Workers should use hearing protection such as earmuffs, store equipment with the highest risk factors in an enclosed location if feasible, limit the time spent in such places, and maintain the equipment, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 

Protect Your Hearing

Hearing protection is quite useful since it cancels or minimizes loud noises in the environment. Noise reduction ratings reveal the amount of noise that is canceled out, which can help you decide which type of hearing protection is best for you. It's critical to make sure you're using the right hearing protection, which is both comfortable and effective.

Earmuffs have a noise reduction rate of 15-30 decibels, protect your outer ears and prevent background noises. Earplugs are inexpensive and are commonly used at home or at public events when hearing protection is required. They have a noise reduction rate of 15-30 decibels as well. There are four sorts available, most of them are soft and foamy or made of rubber, and you may choose one according to your own tastes.

The Right Protection

Pre-molded foams, formable foams that expand within the ear, custom-molded foams fitted to your ear shape, and plastic or metal canal covers are the types of earplugs found. These can be worn to events because the noise reduction rate does not completely drown out sounds. A hearing health professional may be able to provide you with hearing protection to ensure you have the best fit possible and provide you with beneficial advice. For better safety measures, earmuffs and earplugs can be worn together.