Best Hearing Protection
Hearing protection can be incredibly useful to have especially if you work in a career or have hobbies that involve loud noises. People underestimate just how little it takes for you to suffer from hearing damage and millions can be affected by hearing loss without even knowing it. Before you know it, it could become a huge issue that permanently damages your hearing to a state where it becomes irreversible.
It’s always recommended to wear hearing protection if you are involved in careers or hobbies that involve loud noises. Noise is a common cause behind hearing loss and can easily be prevented with proper ear protection. Whether they work on a musical stage or a construction site, hearing protection can help to preserve your hearing so that you don’t suffer from hearing damage in the future.
What works best for you will depend on your circumstances
Your personal conditions will affect the type of hearing protection that is best for you. For instance, if you work around power tools on a regular basis then you’ll be subjected to sound levels that can reach up to 90dBs. This is enough to cause permanent hearing loss but it can easily be prevented by investing in ear protection such as ear muffs and ear guards. These are very standard pieces of equipment if you do work in an industry such as construction and if you’re not receiving protection then you have every right to complain to your seniors.
If you work in the music industry, then places like a concert can easily reach above 100 dB in sound especially if you are positioned near speaker systems. This means you should definitely wear hearing protection even if you’re up on stage singing or performing because your hearing is vital to your career, hence the importance of safeguarding it. Thankfully, there are forms of hearing protection that can be attached to various sound systems and inputs which means that you can continue hearing your music even though your ears are protected. Some people also like to use headphones or earphones as a form of hearing protection that can also double as a sound output for you to listen to your music.
As you can see, the type of hearing protection that you should invest in will often depend on your personal circumstances and it’s vital that you speak to a trained and professional audiologist who can help you choose the right hearing protection for your exact needs. However, we’ve also included a bit of information regarding the various types of hearing protection that are available so you can make an informed decision if you want to purchase a temporary form of hearing protection.
The various type of hearing protection available and which works best
There are a surprising number of hearing protection styles available for different purposes.
Firstly, earplugs are a small and often inexpensive way to protect your hearing. They often come as separate pieces but you can also get earplugs that are attached by a small band so that they fit in both of your ears evenly and can easily be taken off and put back on without much work. They provide fantastic hearing protection and are often custom-made by your audiologist so that they perfectly fit your ears. However, you’ll need to speak to an audiologist if you want to have them molded to the shape of your ear canal.
Secondly, there are disposables. These are similar to earplugs in the way they function but they’re not designed to be reused because they’re made from cheaper materials that cannot be washed or cleaned very well and they’re made from materials that don’t offer as much hearing protection. However, if you’re just looking for a quick and simple solution for your hearing protection, then disposable earplugs are a great pick.
There are also ear muffs which are like larger over-ear headphones. These create a seal around your ears so that it blocks out any loud noises. The seal can be broken if you have long hair or if you wear any kind of jewelry, but it still provides excellent hearing protection in a durable and long-lasting fashion.
Lastly, there are also hearing aids. People often use hearing aids for hearing loss, but they can also work as hearing protection because they can pick up and filter out the noise around you so that it becomes quieter. If you already use hearing aids, then there’s a good chance that you can simply change some settings or speak to your audiologist about using your hearing aids as hearing protection.
Contact us today
If you’re looking to invest in hearing protection then don’t hesitate to contact us at Baker Audiology & Hearing Aids to learn more about the various types of hearing protection on offer and which ones would suit you best. Simply call us at (605) 306-5756 to speak to one of our friendly representatives so you can book an appointment today.