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Why Hearing Conservation Matters

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Our hearing is an important tool in how we communicate and experience the world. Because our hearing is such a crucial component in our ability to effectively communicate, it is no surprise that we want to take good care of our hearing.

Protecting your hearing from loud impulse sounds or extended noise exposure is important. Noise-induced hearing loss can have negative, lasting effects that can permanently impact your hearing. Discover the importance of hearing conservation and why you should aim to protect your hearing now.

How Sound is Measured

Sound is measured in decibels (dB). The higher the decibel level, the louder the noise is. On the decibel scale, the level increase of 10 dB means that a sound is actually 10 times more intense or powerful.

For adults, any sound over 85 dB can be harmful to your hearing, especially if you are exposed to it on a regular basis. For loud impulse sounds, our ears can her up to 120 dB before damage can occur to the hearing nerve.

What is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?

Noise-induced hearing loss occurs when you are exposed to harmful noises. This can affect children, teenagers, and adults of any age. Noise-induced hearing loss can happen after only one time of being around a loud “impulse” sound, such as an explosion, or it can occur over time from continuous exposure to loud sounds.

How Can I Keep My Hearing Safe?

Whether you work in a noisy environment, such as a factory or with power tools, or you plan on being around a loud impact sound, you should wear hearing protection. Custom hearing protection such as earplugs will keep your ears safe and prevent noise-induced hearing loss. A hearing professional can create custom fit earplugs taken from earmolds of the exact shape of your ear. These earplugs will provide you with exceptional hearing protection.

You need your hearing to communicate with your loved ones, perform well at work, and to experience the world. Don’t let hearing loss from loud noise exposure affect your quality of life. It is important to be proactive about your hearing by protecting it whenever you are exposed to sounds over 85 decibels.

If you are concerned about noise-induced hearing loss, then you should visit a hearing professional. A hearing professional will be able to take a mold of your ears and create a pair of earplugs that are customized to you. They can also test your hearing and let you know where you baseline is, that way if your hearing changes you will know.

Find your local hearing professional today and start being proactive about your hearing health!

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Sometimes, hearing loss happens so gradually that it can be difficult to notice at first. However, there are some common signs that indicate you may have hearing loss. Want some answers now? Take this short survey to determine if it's time for you to make a hearing appointment.

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