Everyday noises are a primary cause of hearing loss, and many of us are exposed to excessive noise in our jobs. Construction, machinery, gunfire, concert music blasting and other typical noises are all contributors to hearing loss, and because the loss is so gradual over an extended period of time, we hardly notice.
For excessive occupational noise, the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), a division of the Department of Labor has set standard regulations that require ear protection to lessen the exposure. Aside from wearing protective gear all day, let’s consider some other options that will deter and prevent hearing loss. Better Hearing reports that:
So, what are we going to do to combat this malady? We can help you out with that question!
Everyday Noisy Sources
Although it’s become so ordinary for many of us, recognizing a hazardous noise is sometimes unnoticed as just normal. So, the first thing we can all do is be more alert of where the risks are located so we can take some protective action. Here are some things to consider:
Now, that you’re aware of places where you may want to consider using protection for your ears, here are some warning signs that are telling you: “Go immediately, do not pass GO and see your hearing care, specialist!” You don’t want to fool around with the precious gift of hearing. If you experience any of these symptoms after being in a highly noisy environment and:
Please reach out to your hearing care professionals immediately. These could be temporary conditions, and they could be an indication of something more serious. This applies to any age, especially children. Please don’t accept the risk, when experts are available just around the corner.