Exposure to noise more than 80dB can cause permanent hearing loss. Examples for loud noises that can damage our natural hearing capacity are traffic noise at a busy junction, industrial noise, machinery noise, loud music at pubs, live concerts etc.
Short term exposure to loud noise can also cause a temporary change in hearing (your ears may feel stuffed up) or a ringing in your ears (tinnitus). These short-term problems may go away within a few minutes or hours after leaving the noisy area. However, repeated exposures to loud noise can lead to permanent tinnitus and/or hearing loss.
As nothing can replace our natural hearing, we at Hearing wellness clinic gives high level importance to Hearing Protection also. Our ear protective devices (EPD) are of international standards which are customized based on one’s ear canal size. We consider ones need of protection before advising them the type of EPD to use. For Eg: DJ’s and musicians are advised to use our Musicians ear plugs where as an industrial worker is advised to use noise filters or solid ear plugs.
Our EPD’s include swimmer’s ear plugs, Noise filters, Musician’s ear plugs, Solid ear plugs, Sleeping ear plugs. All these are highly durable, made of imported material (soft) and can be used for a long period of time without any kind of wear and tear.
We always advice everyone who come across unavoidable noisy situations to use an EPD. Traffic policemen, DJ’s, RJ’s, Industrial workers, young party crowd, regular swimmers are few of them.
HEARING PROTECTION DEVICES IS AVAILABLE IN TYPES AND SIZES
These range from yellow plugs inserted into the ear to customized otoplastics. Each type of hearing protection has specific qualities.
Foam Ear Plugs
Visitors to factories or construction sites are often given such ear protection. They are cheap. The disadvantage of these is that they can irritate the ear.
When these are inserted into the ear with dirty fingers, there is a risk of external ear infections.
These completely seal off the hearing so you get the sensation of being closed off from the outside world. They are cheap, but slightly more expensive than (yellow) foam earplugs.
Available in various models. They can also be clicked onto a safety helmet, for example. There are also special earmuffs for children who wish to learn in a focused manner, for instance. The earmuffs cover the ear completely.
Depending on the material used, the earmuffs can irritate around the ears, particularly in warm weather.
SILICON PLUGS & OTOPLASTICS
These resemble the (yellow) foam plugs but are made from a less irritating material. You only cover the auditory canal with these earplugs
Customized hearing protection. Motorcyclists and musicians often use customized otoplastics. This type of hearing protection fits perfectly and can last for years. Alpine Hearing Protection supplies otoplastics with various muffler values.
Now the most popular earplugs. These completely seal off the auditory canal, but the layer system prevents a sense of being shut off from the outside world. The filter system enables users to determine the muffling themselves.