We are exposed to sound on a daily basis. Volume levels vary considerably and can easily exceed 85 decibels (dB) – the threshold that is considered safe. Any prolonged exposure to noise exceeding this level is harmful and can cause permanent, irreversible hearing loss.
Excess noise exposure isn’t the only cause of hearing damage. Diseases, certain medication and injury may all contribute to hearing loss. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your hearing and help prevent hearing impairment.
Protecting Your Hearing from Loud Noise
Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common cause of hearing loss in the U.S. The good news? It is easily preventable. Follow these tips to protect your hearing:
- Wear hearing protection when exposed to loud noise. Earplugs are a must in noisy environments such as rock concerts and sporting events. They should also be worn when riding a motorcycle or snowmobile, mowing the lawn, using power tools, etc. If your job exposes you to loud noise, your employer is required by OSHA to supply hearing protection.
- Turn down the volume. When listening to music or watching television, keep the volume low.
- Limit the number of noisy appliances running at the same time.
- Buy quieter products. Many appliances list decibel ratings in their specifications.
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Hearing Protection Devices
TruUniversal are comfortable non-custom hearing protection devices which contain filters that provide full frequency, enjoyable sound reduced to safe listening levels. These earplugs are ideal for music listeners and concert goers. They are designed specifically for music enthusiasts who need sound filtering and reduction at concerts, clubs and other venues with loud music.
Westone Digital Defend Ear Shooter ear plugs are specifically designed to fit into any ear without the need for ear impressions. The Shooter allows for clear communication, as well as enhanced ambient awareness. When a gunshot is fired, the electronic circuit instantly suppresses the loud noise, protecting your hearing!
Features of this device include:
- Noise Reduction Rating of 30 dB
- Output up to 86 dB
- Three amplification levels
- Wind noise reduction
- Low profile
- Universal fit
- Hear conversations as normal
- No gun mount interference
SoundGear Custom Electronic Hearing Protection devices have 4 distinct memory modes to toggle through.
- The first memory (Normal) delivers amplification equally across all frequencies.
- The second (High-Frequency Boost & Max Wind Management) boosts higher frequency sounds like the whistling wings of ducks overhead and has an algorithm that will detect wind noise and send a counter signal to drastically reduce it. This will help people who have an existing high-frequency hearing loss hear better, but will also work well for clarity of sound on those windy days in the field.
- The third Memory (Telecoil) helps you effectively communicate on a telephone.
- The fourth memory (Mute) is used to mute or turn off your device.
Each pair of SoundGear Molded Platinum custom devices also come standard with a removable lanyard system.
Captioned Telephone (CapTel) is ideal for people with some degree of hearing loss and works like any other telephone with one important addition — It displays every word the caller says throughout the conversation. CapTel phone users can listen to the caller, and can also read the written captions in the CapTel’s bright display window on the phone itself.
CapTel phones work with a Captioning Service as part of a federally-funded program that supports telephone accessibility for people with hearing loss. No costs for the Captioning Service are passed on to consumers – no monthly fees, no service agreements. Your monthly phone bill does not change.