Recreational noise can damage your hearing

So, you work all week with noisy machinery, and because of the firm’s health and safety policies you know about protecting your hearing and you wear earmuffs.

Then in the weekend you get out the lawn mower, fire it up and spend 40 minutes mowing the lawns. When you put the mower away you notice a feeling of fullness in your ears, which are also ringing.

What you don’t realise is that this ‘temporary threshold shift’, over time and with repetition, will lead to permanent hearing loss. It is a sign that you have been exposed to extreme noise, for too long.

Lawn mowers are one of many recreational noise hazards. Firearms, firecrackers, power tools, model aircraft, motorbikes, powerboats, jet skis and sporting events can all push the decibels to a dangerous level.

How do you know if it is too loud? If you have to raise your voice so someone within an arm’s length can hear you, that noise can be a serious risk to your hearing. Sounds louder than 80dB are potentially dangerous. You need to be wearing ear protection.

Even if loud noise is something you enjoy — rock concerts, dance clubs, or turning the music volume up — protection is vital. Modern, specially-tailored high-fidelity hearing protection preserves the tonal balance and still lets you appreciate the fine detail and nuances of the music. Musicians, as well as their audiences, are increasingly appreciating their benefits.

Protect your hearing from recreational noise

Earplugs and earmuffs provide good protection for your hearing and there are many choices: from mass-produced disposable earplugs to reusable tailor-made ones; from simple earmuffs to ones with ventilation and stereo sound.

Audiology South provides a comprehensive range at a wide range of prices. Everyone is different, so hygiene, comfort, fit, acceptability, and setting will all play a part in your choice. If you can’t change the amount of noise, make sure you use the correct level of hearing protection.
Our team is familiar with all the options and can offer you expert advice. We also specialise in custom-fitted hearing protection that maintains good communication and is comfortable for day-long wear.

Whatever you choose, the important thing is that you actually wear it! Later in life you will want your hearing to be acute enough to appreciate the quieter sounds of life, so spending time and money now is a wise decision.

If your aids have had ample time to dry, but you find that they cut out when noises are loud, or turn off and on, or that sounds are distorted or fade, or you hear a lot of static, first, replace the batteries, but if that doesn’t solve the problem, send them in for repair.

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