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Effective ear plugs to prevent noise induced hearing loss

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Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, and one of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States. One in every six people worldwide is affected by hearing loss and as the …

Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, and one of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States. One in every six people worldwide is affected by hearing loss and as the population ages and noise pollution in the world increases.

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  • 1. Effective Ear Plugs To Prevent Noise Induced Hearing LossNoise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, and one of the most common occupational illnessesin the United States. One in every six people worldwide is affected by hearing loss and as the population agesand noise pollution in the world increases. As we live in an extremely noisy world even seemingly harmlessthings like children’s toys and garden tools have dangerous sound levels that threaten our hearing over longperiods of time. Exposure to consistent loud noise in a work place might result in fatal auditory disorders.While Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is preventable, it is important to take care of your hearing. It isalways a good idea to limit the exposure time to noisy activities. If you work in an at-risk occupation, checkwith your employer to make sure you have adequately protected your hearing according to OSHA regulations.At home, turn down the volume on the TV, radio, and stereo and try and reduce the number of noisyappliances running at the same time.The best way to protect your earsMost hearing protection devices decrease the intensity of sound that reaches the eardrum. Wearing hearingprotection, such as earplugs or earmuffs can help a great deal. The use of hearing protection in the workplaceis of greater importance especially for workers who already suffer from hearing loss. It is best to opt for asuperior technology that allows the user to hear every sound, including conversation, even during high volumenoise spikes, instead of the traditional hearing protection devices, which simply block out all sound. Noiseblocking earmuffs for example are perfect for any application in any profession, and are great for situationswhere people move in and out of noise often during the work day. Earmuffs fit over the complete outer ear toform an air seal so the entire circumference of the ear canal is blocked, and they are held in place by anadjustable band.One can enjoy better protection with the simultaneous use of earplugs and muffs. Combined use should beconsidered when the noise exceeds 105 dB. It is important to understand that ordinary cotton balls or tissuepaper wads stuffed into the ear canals are very poor protectors since they hardly reduce noise.In reality, the more exposure to noise, the more hearing loss you will most likely have. Be alert to hazardousnoise. A majority of hearing loss is preventable with proper hearing protection and education. Ensure youprotect the hearing that you have now.

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