There are many everyday situations and tasks that have the potential to cause hearing damage, particularly over time. Mowing the lawn, using power tools, going to a music concert are just some situations with the potential to cause problems. If you don’t protect your hearing you could be setting yourself up for hearing problems in the future. At The Hearing Clinic we offer a variety of hearing protection options, from musicians’ plugs and swimming plugs to protective headphones and custom-fit devices.
Causes of Hearing Loss
The inner ear is lined with tiny hair cells that relay sound signals to the brain. When these cells become damaged, it can lead to hearing loss. Damage to the auditory nerve can also occur. If you’re exposed to loud noise at work, your employer has a responsibility to protect your hearing, however, if loud noise is a part of your leisure activities, it’s your responsibility to protect your hearing.
If you’re a swimmer or surfer you should protect your ears. Water in the ears can lead to infection, swimmer’s ear, or other blockages that may damage hearing. Swimming and surfing plugs create a tight seal to keep water out while enabling you to equalize pressure under water. A variety of professional and recreational activities may also warrant ear protection such as shooting, motorsports, or dj-ing. Protective ear plugs or headphones can help to reduce the level of noise and minimize background noise during communication.
How Can I Tell if my Hearing is Damaged?
Hearing loss can develop gradually and you’ll only notice a problem when its disrupts your daily activities or starts to have an impact on your family relationships. Hearing loss can occur more abruptly with exposure to loud noises at close range. Some of the signs of hearing damage include:
- Turning up the volume on the television or radio when others can hear clearly at a lower volume.
- Asking people to repeat themselves during conversation.
- Mishearing what others say.
- Trouble distinguishing what direction a noise is coming from.
- Concentrating harder when listening.
Be proactive and protect your hearing. Contact The Hearing Clinic about protective hearing options. We will work with you to find the right device for your needs so you can continue to enjoy doing what you love without putting your hearing at risk.