Noise-induced hearing loss can happen at any age and is 100% preventable with a few small steps. Bottom line, use hearing protection for sounds greater than 85 decibels to protect your ears from noise induced hearing loss.
Trinity Health offers a wide range of hearing protection devices for a variety of noisy environments. 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.
We even have filtered and digital hearing protection that allows you to hear people talking and other sounds while protecting your ears from harmful decibel levels.
Ways to Prevent Hearing Loss from Noise Exposure
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is caused by damage to the sensory hearing cells found in the inner ear. Once damaged, the cells cannot grow back and permanent hearing loss results. In some cases, even one exposure to very loud noise is enough to permanently damage the cells. Here are a few ways to prevent NIHL:
- Wear hearing protection when sounds are louder than 85 dBA. 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, TV or anything through ear buds and headphones. Volume levels should not exceed 60% of the total volume for more than 60 minutes at a time.
- Use noise-isolating or noise-cancelling headphones.
- Walk away from the noise.
- Do not put anything other than hearing protection in your ear.
- Monitor hearing every couple of years, sooner if you notice changes.