While discussions around hearing loss often lead to a conversation about hearing aids, another important element to your hearing ability is often overlooked – protecting your ears from loud sounds. Like the popular saying goes, prevention is the best medicine, and with hearing loss this couldn’t be more true.
It can only take one instance of hearing a loud sound for you to sustain permanent damage to your hearing, and unfortunately many daily noises we encounter are much louder than what our ears can handle. With over 15% of Americans experiencing irreversible noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), one thing is clear: more education is needed around how to adequately protect our hearing on a regular basis.
Sounds from lawn mowers and gunshots, to blow dryers, garbage trucks, and more can all measure well beyond 85 decibels, the threshold at which our ears can comfortably process sounds. In fact, Dr. Olson himself has first-hand experience with how important it is to utilize hearing protection, as he served in the United States Marine Corps and was frequently exposed to loud noise. He often encountered the challenge of adequately protecting his hearing while being able to communicate with others, and thankfully technology in this area has improved dramatically.
This direct knowledge of the impact that loud sounds can have on our hearing is why we are such strong advocates for preventing hearing loss before it begins. Our patients find they have the most success when using custom ear plugs or earmolds, as these devices are comfortable and protect your hearing during a wide range of activities. We partner with a variety of manufacturers, including SoundGear, to bring you options that meet your specific needs.
Whether you’re in law enforcement, are often around industrial equipment, or even enjoy recreational hunting or swimming, custom ear plugs and earmolds will make a huge difference in your ability to hear for years to come. Contact Applied Hearing Solutions to learn more about how to protect your hearing and which devices may be right for you.