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Hearing Loss Prevention

As we all know, prevention is far better than cure, so do make sure you are looking after your precious hearing every day.

Noise is the most common cause of hearing loss. Loud noises can damage the ear’s fragile hair cells, a kind of damage which cannot be repaired. The critical noise level is 85 decibels, noise exceeding this level can cause temporary hearing loss, and prolonged exposure could cause permanent hearing damage to your ears. Thus for stepping on hearing loss prevention, earplugs and earmuffs are your best option for protection.

Exposure to loud machinery can also present a serious risk to your hearing. Since the damage takes place gradually, the effects of noise on hearing are usually underestimated. Loud noise damages the delicate hair cells in the inner ear, which can result in sensorineural hearing loss and often tinnitus (ringing of the ears).

If you listen to music and audio devices such as iPods and MP3 players or internet sites with headphones at a loud volume or for a prolonged period of time, you could also be doing some serious damage to your ears.

There are a few ways you can tell that the noise level is getting too high:
  • If you can’t hear someone a metre away
  • If you have to raise your voice to be heard by someone a metre away
  • Your ears ring, or things sound different after leaving a noisy situation
  • You have difficulty understanding speech after leaving a noisy situation
  • If the noise you’re hearing is causing pain in your ears.

What you can do to prevent hearing loss Singapore Audiologist advice:

  • Foam or silicone earplugs are available at your pharmacy or from Bay Audio. Alternatively you can choose to buy yourself a set of earmuffs from any hardware store
  • Always wear your earplugs or earmuffs when working with machinery or going to a concert.
  • If your job brings you into contact with loud noises (farmers, police officers, firemen, builders, construction workers, musicians) make sure you have access to adequate hearing protection.
  • Turn down the volume on the television and stereos
  • Buy quieter equipment i.e. a silenced vacuum cleaner
  • Give your ears a complete rest for 10 minutes every hour