We slather on sunscreen to protect our skin from the searing rays of the sun. We wear sunglasses to protect our eyes from the glare of sun off snow and water and road. But we willingly assault our ears with high-volume sounds without considering the harm – sometimes permanent harm – being done to our hearing.
One of every ten Americans suffers hearing loss that hinders the ability to understand normal-volume speech. Granted, the most common reason for this condition is aging, which we all hope to accomplish. But exposing ourselves to excessive noise levels damages our ability to hear the sweet sounds of life.
If you have to shout to be heard over noise, that noise level is most likely dangerous-to-your-hearing. Prolonged exposure to loud noises destroys nerve endings in your ear, and that destruction is irreversible. The longer you’re in that environment, the more severe the damage. Close proximity to the source of the high-level noise intensifies the damage, as well. Good news: you can avoid the damage.
When you’re in an excessively noisy environment, wear hearing protection. Whether you use earmuffs or earplugs, or both together, they’re only of benefit if you actually wear them.
Earplugs mold to your ear, are disposable and are highly effective at protecting your hearing. Make certain the earplugs are correctly positioned in your ear by pulling on the top of one ear with the other hand and gently pressing the plug into your ear.
Earmuffs fit over your head, covering each ear with a plastic-shielded foam cup. Adjust the headband for a perfect fit.
And don’t forget the kids. Guard their gift of hearing with earplugs or earmuffs that fit them well. Let age be the reason your kids have trouble hearing, not hearing loss due to damage when they were young and without protection.
Hearing protection is important at the race track, attending a concert, when you’re mowing your lawn and using other noisy yard equipment, using your chainsaw, riding a snow mobile or at the range. And more good news: hearing aids and earmuffs work just fine together. Most hearing protection will allow you to understand normal conversation. If you have impaired hearing, protection is of utmost importance in preventing further damage when you’re involved in high-noise-level situations.
Guard your precious gift of hearing. If you have questions about your hearing or a loved one’s hearing, call Blount Hearing and Speech at 865-982-8557. Come in for a thorough and professional examination. We’ll work with you until your hearing is at its possible best. We don’t want you to miss hearing anything. Call today.