Ear and Hearing Protection
The only way to prevent or slow down the start of hearing loss is to protect your ears. The world in which we work, play and live is noisy. In fact, many environments are so noisy they can cause damage to our ears. Any sound louder than 85 decibels (dB) – or roughly the volume of a garbage disposal – can begin to cause damage to a person’s hearing. As such, it is important to protect your hearing when engaging in loud activities, whether it’s part of your work or your hobbies.
Passive versus active hearing protection
There are many types of hearing protection, but they all fall within two categories: passive and active hearing protection.
- Passive hearing protection: Traditional hearing protection measures, such as earplugs and earmuffs are considered to be passive hearing protection. Passive devices simply limit the intensity of the sound waves as they enter your ear. With fewer sound waves, the sound isn’t as loud. Passive hearing protection, unless custom made, is typically inexpensive and single-use.
- Active hearing protection: Active hearing protection devices rely on technologies, such as personal sound dosimeters, stereo listen-through technology and noise suppression to limit noise. Active hearing protection devices are often headsets and can be custom-made to fit your needs.
Activities requiring hearing protection
From the work site to the weekend, we run into many environments and activities that are too loud for our hearing and could cause permanent damage. Such activities include:
- Shooting or hunting: The sound of a rifle can cause both temporary and permanent hearing loss. As such, it is important for those who engage in skeet, target or clay pigeon shooting or hunting wear hearing protection while engaging in their sport. Mountain Audiology understands that hunters still need to hear; that’s why we offer active hearing protection devices that are fine-tuned to your needs.
- Music: Whether you play music or attend concerts, music lovers should pay heed to their hearing health and wear hearing protection when playing or listening to music. For musicians, Mountain Audiology provides special accessories and tools that enable you to play and listen with clarity while still protecting your hearing health. For those who like to rock out in the arena, our hearing protection selection can ensure you enjoy your favorite band during the concert, and long after.