While age-related hearing loss may be inevitable, a hearing loss due to noise exposure certainly is not. Noise induced hearing loss is preventable, but unfortunately, in today’s society where there is a large degree of noise pollution, it is difficult to get away from ear-damaging noise.
What many people fail to realize is that we are susceptible to hearing loss from noise, no matter the age or gender. It is not only iPods and loud music that can lead to noise related hearing loss. Work place, leisure, hobby noises (e.g., hunting, shooting, power tools, etc.), concerts, and even some children’s toys tend to go above safe noise levels, and ongoing exposure can certainly cause hearing loss. A good rule of thumb: If you have to shout in order to be heard three feet (1 metre) away, then the noise is probably too loud and could be damaging to your hearing. Hearing protection should be used.
Prevention is the key. Let’s face it, nobody wants to wear hearing aids. Being proactive and cautious with our hearing is essential. By taking preventative measures, we can ensure that we preserve our hearing for as long as possible.
At HearSay we specialize in custom hearing protection as well as musician and swim plugs. Our motto is prevention. We strive to educate our clients on how to maintain and care for their hearing throughout their lives. If you have further questions regarding noise induced hearing loss, noise exposure or hearing protection speak to one of the HearSay Audiologists at (905)875-3345.