Ear protection helps to protect your hearing from damaging noise that may be present at any given time around you. Long exposure to these loud noises can cause serious long-term damage that only gets worse over time; so protecting your ears is an important part of protecting your hearing from these damaging noises.
Why is ear protection important?
Ear protection is an important way to protect hearing during a variety of activities. Any sound carrying over 85 decibels can damage the hearing, especially with repeated exposure. Being aware of the activities that endanger your hearing and using ear protection when taking part in them is a must.
In what situation ear protection is needed?
If the noise at your work environment is uncomfortable, or requires shouting… If you work in a loud environment, wearing ear protection is important. Exposing yourself to loud noises where you have to shout to be heard are signs the environment is loud enough to damage your hearing permanently.
What happens when you don’t wear ear protection?
Our eardrums and ears don’t heal themselves, which means that if you damage your hearing by not wearing adequate ear protection, there’s no going back. You can, of course, have a hearing aid fitted, but even a hearing aid is not guaranteed to restore your hearing to its former glory.
What are the four types of hearing protection?
Hearing protection is an essential part of preventing hearing loss. There are four basic types of hearing protection: earplugs, muffs, inserts, and plugs. Earplugs fit inside your ear canal to block sound waves from entering the innermost parts of your ear.
What are the hazards of exposure to excessive noise?
However, repeated exposures to loud noise can lead to permanent tinnitus and/or hearing loss. Loud noise can create physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity, interfere with communication and concentration, and contribute to workplace accidents and injuries by making it difficult to hear warning signals.
Who needs ear protection?
People should wear a hearing protector if the noise or sound level they are exposed to is close to or greater than the occupational exposure limits (OEL) for noise. For most jurisdictions, this occupational exposure limit is 85 decibels (A-weighted) or dBA.
What is ear protection called?
Types of hearing protection
These include earplugs, earmuffs and semi-insert earplugs. Earplugs are premolded/preformed or moldable foam plugs that can be inserted into the ear canal.
What is the best type of ear protection?
Earplugs. Earplugs are one of the most effective forms of ear protection, particularly if they are custom made. With earplugs, the canal is completely blocked which protects the hearing from dangerously loud noises. They are typically made of foam or moulded material and may have a protective covering.