The Best Hearing Loss Prevention Is Protection

 

Sadly, it’s not that difficult to accidentally expose yourself to noises loud enough to do permanent damage to your hearing. In fact, hearing loss occurs as low as 85 decibels if you’re exposed for an hour or more without earplugs or other ear protection. You probably are aware that concerts are loud enough to harm your hearing, but did you realize that earbuds can be just as damaging if the volume is high enough? Sports events, fitness classes and movie theaters are also loud enough to need earplugs. You even need ear protection for your lawn mower and leaf blower.

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Comfortable Ear Molds for Protection All Day

Earplugs are a good option to carry around in case you need them on the fly, but if you need hearing protection all day or for extended periods of time, custom ear molds are far more comfortable. At Hearing Aid Healthcare even can provide custom ear molds for your smartphones, TVs and other devices.

Shooting Ear Protection

Gunshots average 140-190 decibels, and since hearing loss can occur at 85 decibels it’s crucial to wear hearing protection when hunting or practicing at a shooting range. While some guns are louder than others, you should always have adequate hearing protection such as shooting ear muffs or ear plugs designed for shooting when you anticipate using your gun. This is especially true for first responders who are also often exposed to loud sirens as part of their job. We can help you find the best hearing protection for your firearms.

 

How Musicians Protect Their Ears

There’s nothing like going to a concert to really live the music, except perhaps being on stage. But standing next to speakers and hearing the crowd roar can take its toll on your hearing. Ask us about hearing protection for musicians that lets you play in the zone without missing a beat like Musician Plugs ER-9, 15, 25 and In-Ear Musician Monitors.

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.

Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is fairly common and might explain why you can hear a pin drop, but not be able to make out what your partner is saying. You’re born with tiny hairs called cilia in your inner ear that move when sound waves are present. Nerves translate the movement of these tiny hairs into information that goes to your brain where it gets interpreted into distinct sounds and frequencies.

The better the movements are interpreted, the more easily you’re able to hear distinctions between sounds such as “D” and “T” or hear letters like “S”, “H” and “F”. Unfortunately, the cilia are extremely delicate and can be harmed by loud noise or other trauma.

Cilia also help your brain determine how loud a sound is, where it’s coming from, and how far away it is.

The Most Common Causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss happens when these tiny hairs are damaged. Often, this type of hearing loss is gradual, which is why many people associate it with aging. It’s thought that animals are able to regrow these hairs and regain their hearing when their cilia get damaged, but humans don’t seem to have this ability naturally.

Common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are:

Loud sounds
Head injuries or other trauma
Diseases like diabetes or autoimmune disease
High blood pressure
Some medications
How to Deal with Sensorineural Hearing Loss
While there are no current medical treatments to heal cilia, you can successfully address sensorineural hearing loss with hearing technology such as hearing aids.

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