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How Can I Shield My Hearing From Harmful Noise Levels?

Whether it is due to the hobbies we partake in or our daily work environment, many of us are exposed to excessive noise levels on a frequent basis. Did you know, however, that exposure to loud noises can significantly increase your risk of hearing loss or exacerbate an existing hearing impairment?

Music events, hunting, construction sites, using power tools, sporting events or listening to music too loud are all examples of activities that can lead to mild, moderate or severe sensorineural hearing loss.

Sensorineural hearing loss - the most common type of hearing loss which affects millions of Canadians - refers to any reduction in hearing sensitivity or sound clarity that is caused by damage to the delicate structure of the inner ear or the nerve pathways that carry sound signals to the auditory processing area of the brain.

Any exposure to excessive noise (greater than 85 decibels) can lead to hearing loss. Some sounds can damage hearing instantaneously or cause tinnitus, while repeated exposure to loud sounds can also damage your hearing over time.

Hearing loss will have a significant impact on your quality of life, leaving you with physical, mental and emotional illnesses that affect both your private and professional life.

While hearing loss can be addressed through hearing aids and other solutions designed for you by a professional hearing clinic, there’s no better way to maintain the health of your hearing than by investing in hearing protection to proactively protect your ears.

What is hearing protection?

The general rule of excessive noise is that if you have to raise your voice to be heard over it, it’s probably too loud and may be damaging your hearing. That means in any situation where you may have to raise your voice to be heard, you should probably be wearing some form of protective hearing.

By wearing a form of hearing protection, you will be preventing damaging noise levels from entering your ear by dampening the piercing sounds. You will still be able to hear the sounds clearly, they just won’t be causing long-term damage to your hearing.

Do you think that your job, hobbies or lifestyle leads you to frequent exposure of loud noises? Here are just a few example of the hearing protection solutions that York Hearing Clinic offers to our clients:

In-ear studio monitors for musicians

Musicians are about four times more likely than the general population to suffer from hearing loss due to their profession. Our in-ear musician monitors ensure that you only hear sounds through your monitors at a volume that is appropriate for you and won’t damage your hearing. Not only that, but they are tailor-made to fit our customer’s unique ears, making them comfortable for entire performances at a time.

Hearing protection for excessive noise

If your hobby or job leaves you exposed to excessive noise on a regular basis, our noise hearing protection is the solution for you. We offer both standard hearing protection along with electronic hearing protection, for use wherever and whenever you are exposed to excessively loud noises.

Ear plugs for swimmers

As we covered in our blog titled ‘Swimmer's Ear: Is Swimming Causing Your Hearing Loss?’, swimming can cause both short-term and long-term hearing loss. However, ear protection for swimmers will create a tight seal that keeps the ear canal dry - protecting you from hearing loss when swimming.

Are you looking for more advice on how you can protect your hearing from excessive noise levels? Contact York Hearing Clinic today. Our team of hearing experts would love to answer any questions you have.

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