Did you know that prolonged exposure to noise exceeding 85 decibels can cause permanent, irreversible hearing damage?
If you’re working in a high-noise environment, have a hobby that exposes you to loud noises, or listen to music at extremely loud volumes, you are at risk for hearing loss.
One of the best ways to prevent hearing loss is by using hearing protection. Custom ear molds can be used to create earplugs that provide a snug and tight fit and offer superior hearing protection.
Tips for Hearing Protection
As we age, hearing loss becomes inevitable. However, there are several steps you can take to prevent or delay hearing loss.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle, avoid loud sounds, and if you must be exposed to them, wear hearing protection.
According to research, the principle “use it or lose it” applies to the human ears. Untreated hearing loss may lead to a deteriorated speech understanding over time. Additionally, untreated hearing loss can also lead to a faster cognitive decline.
We highly recommend treating hearing loss as early as possible.
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What are the four basic types of hearing protection?
Hearing protection is an integral part in preventing hearing loss. There are four basic types of hearing protection – muffs, inserts, plugs, and earplugs.
At Pinnacle Hearing, we understand that each person has unique careers, hobbies and lifestyles that need a specific type of hearing protection. There is no one-size-fits-all type of hearing protection and this is why we highly recommend custom hearing protection.
How effective is hearing protection?
The effectiveness of hearing protection depends on a lot of factors, including getting the right size and fitting it properly in the ears. Hearing protection is useless if it doesn’t fit the ear properly or is worn incorrectly. To maintain the effectiveness and integrity of hearing protection, its size, shape or design should not be modified.
Take note that music earphones or headsets are not substitutes for hearing protectors and should not be worn in place of hearing protectors specifically designed to protect against exposure to noise.
How do you care for your hearing protection device?
First thing you need to remember is to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper usage, care and maintenance. When you get your hearing protection from us, we will also provide you with the basic instructions on how to use and keep the device clean and functional. Once you notice damaged or frayed ear cushions or plugs, replace them right away.
What is the best hearing protection?
In choosing the best hearing protection, you need to take into consideration the level of comfort, noise, and suitability of the hearing protector for both you and the environment you’re going to use it in.
Most of all, your chosen hearing protection should provide the needed noise reduction.
listening devices vary in range – someone can hear a conversation up to 100 yards away, while more powerful ALDs can cover an area of up to 300 yards.
What happens to the protection level when hearing protectors are removed for short periods of time?
In order to enjoy the full benefit of hearing protection, you must wear it all the time during exposure to loud noises. If hearing protection is removed – even for just a short period of time – while you are exposed to loud noises, the protection is substantially reduced.
For example, when hearing protection is rated with 25dB attenuation and you take it off for five minutes, the maximum protection will decrease to no more than 11dB.
Now, can you see the importance of wearing hearing protection properly?
Pinnacle Hearing provides custom hearing protection.
We want you to hear better, longer. Your hearing is vulnerable, you can lose it anytime. Pinnacle Hearing offers a wide range of hearing protection, from earplugs, earmuffs to custom hearing protection devices. Call us today to know more about custom hearing protection!