Audiology: Hearing ProtectionTrinity Audiology offers a wide range of hearing protection devices for a variety of environments with noise. These include both non-custom and custom earplugs and earmuffs for musicians, hunters, motorcyclists, construction workers, oil field workers and people in other high noise environments. For people wanting protection from noise, but access to speech and other sound, there are a variety of filtered and/or digital hearing protection products available.
Noise ExposureNoise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells that are found in our inner ear. Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear (sound energy) into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, the hair cells cannot grow back and permanent hearing loss results.
Hair bundle before noise
Hair bundle after noise
Noise is one of the most common occupational hazards facing people today. It is estimated that as many as 30 million Americans are exposed to potentially harmful sounds at work. Another 9 million are at risk for hearing loss from other agents such as solvents and metals. Even outside of work, many people participate in recreational activities that can produce harmful noise such as music concerts, sporting events, heavy machinery, power tools, etc.
Young Adults and Noise ExposureApproximately 15% of all children ages 6-19 have permanent noise-induced hearing loss. The World Health Organization recently estimated that over 1 billion people aged 12-35 are at risk for developing noise-induced hearing loss due to personal electronics, smartphones, loud music venues, night clubs and sporting events.
This type of hearing loss can happen at any age and is 100% preventable. Smartphones have free sound meter apps available at no charge to monitor ambient sound levels. If the decibel level is greater than 85 dB, hearing protection is recommended.
Things you can do to prevent hearing loss• Wear hearing protection when sounds are louder than 85 dB. There are different types of hearing protection such as foam earplugs, earmuffs and custom hearing protection devices.• Turn down the volume when listening to the radio, the TV, MP3 player, or anything through ear buds and headphones.• Use noise-isolating or noise-cancelling headphones.• Walk away from the noise.• Do not put anything other than hearing protection in your ear.