Your alarm clock chimes, the coffee pot sizzles, the toaster dings, and your phone buzzes. Now, imagine going through your morning unable to successfully hear any of these noises. Your morning just got ten times harder to manage.
Your quality of life is affected when you experience hearing loss. Surrounded by audio stimuli that alert us throughout our entire day, we can take our ability to hear for granted. Most people don’t realize it, but these daily noises can put the health and condition of your hearing at risk. Almost 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job. Suffering from hearing loss can have a significant affect on your life. It can hinder personal relationships between friends and family, prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities, and cause frustration when trying to understand other people.
Hearing loss induced by excessive noise is 100 percent preventable! We as audiologists recommend you protect yourself by wearing earplugs or earmuffs when exposed to levels of noise over 85 decibels. Daily household items such as your blow dryer, blender, and lawn mower can produce noise of 90 decibels or more. A custom car stereo at full volume produces decibels of noise almost double that amount! Repeated, unprotected exposure to this level of noise could put you at risk for hearing loss.
About $242 million dollars is spent annually on worker’s compensation for hearing loss disability. Protect yourself and preserve the health of your ears so that they may serve you for years to come. If you suspect you have experienced some loss of hearing, click the link on this page to find an audiologist near you that can help.