Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent and irreversible, but avoidable with the help of proper hearing protection.
As one of Kent’s leading independent hearing companies we know how important proper hearing protection is.
We have now set up a new hearing protection centre at our Deal branch, covering east and south Kent, run by our senior audiologist Joana Carvalho. Joana is a specialist in hearing protection, especially for musicians, and she explains how important proper protection is and how she can help advise on the correct type.
Workplace noise exposure
Hearing loss is the number one sensory disability in the world. The World Health Organisation estimates that 16% of hearing loss worldwide is attributable to occupational noise exposure.
Over the course of our lives, exposure to sounds and noises – especially loud ones – can affect our hearing at any time. So, it is important to protect it.
Custom-moulded earplugs and in-ear hearing protection have become essential to professional and amateur shooters, musicians and all other industries requiring hearing PPE.
About 30% of workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise at some point during their working day and more than 10% are exposed at all times.
Workplace noise presents a significant global health risk, with hearing protection now classed at the highest level in terms of personal safety. All employers have a legal duty to ensure any worker exposed to noise of more than 80 decibels is offered hearing protection.
For noise in excess of 85 decibels, hearing protection becomes mandatory. Custom-moulded earplugs and moulds enable normal communication, so you can be sure you are working safely and effectively.
For many working in the music industry (musicians, road crews, sound engineers, DJs and more), their ears are their most vital piece of kit.
Regular exposure to sound of more than 85 decibels can result in permanent hearing damage. So, it is easy to see why musicians and music-lovers would want to protect their ears.
If you play or listen live regularly or in high volume surroundings, you can protect your ears without compromising the sounds you love. Professional custom-made hearing protection and in-ear monitors protect without impairing the tone or feel of the on-stage or studio sound.
Whether it is loud engine noise, gunfire or water in your ears, the irritation that your ears endure during sport could do potential damage to your hearing.
Anyone participating regularly in active sport that affects the ears should consider hearing protection as part of their physical preparation. In fact, protecting your ears can increase concentration and help you improve and develop in your favourite sporting pursuits.
Sports earplugs and hearing protection bring you the very best in comfort, safety, protection and performance.
Our hearing is the only sense that is constantly working, even when we are asleep. It is important to our overall health and wellbeing to get plenty of sleep.
Our sleep patterns can be affected by anything, from a snoring partner to noisy neighbours or loud sounds in the street. Our brains still process noises when we are asleep and, for some, even the softest sounds can cause them to wake up.
Earplugs for sleeping can put you at ease when you want to relax most and prevent you from experiencing any more sleepless nights. Being extremely comfortable to wear, they significantly reduce high-frequency sounds that can disturb or inhibit sleep.
Prevention is everything
Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent and irreversible, but avoidable with the help of proper hearing protection. Depending upon the environment you are experiencing, different levels of protection will be needed. Before buying any earplugs discuss your needs with an audiologist who will be able to recommend an appropriate product.
When it comes to hearing, prevention is everything.
If you need proper hearing protection or would like to find out more give Joana a ring on 01304 892777