Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention

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It is important to protect your hearing from noise. This is like sun block for your ears. If you are in noise louder than 85 dB for long periods of time you will want to value your hearing. Even if you have a hearing loss already you still want to protect your hearing. In fact if you have a hearing loss it is more important to protect as your hair cells are more susceptible to noise damage. Fast sharp loud sounds are even more dangerous for your hearing as your tiny muscles in your middle ear can-not protect fast enough.

Noise damage can affect your high frequency hearing. If you have noise damage in your hearing you will notice that speech is not as clear. You may hear but you won’t understand or sounds won’t be “distinguished.”

Noise molds can be custom made for your ear shape. They can be in different colors too. Do yourself a favor and protect your hearing!

Shooters ears or hunters ears are custom made in-the-ear style hearing aids which have a fast attack time. While they amplify soft sounds they also protect with a fast loud sound appears. These are mostly mild gain type aids and are not good for people with more significant hearing loss. Come in to Chears and have a consult if this is an appropriate strategy for you when hunting.

Musicians are also at risk for hearing loss. Not only is the music loud while performing but the musician is also standing close to all the other loud instruments. Musicians need to protect their hearing. How can they do that while still trying to hear the music?

Musician molds with filters are a great option as these attenuate the Decibel level while maintaining a clear and smooth response to the music being played. These are custom made to fit nicely in the musician’s ear. There are no frequencies that are blocked more than any other frequency. The attenuation can come in a mild, moderate or serious decrease. Consult with Chears for which response is best for you.

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