An estimated 10% of the world’s population have some degree of hearing loss. Of these, one third damaged their hearing from excessive exposure to sound that could have been avoided. The number of people with hearing issues is growing – possibly because we are exposing ourselves to louder noise in the form of music, machinery, traffic and everyday sounds.
To help you keep your hearing healthy we’ve got some tips on how to protect your hearing from unnecessary damage.
When a person is over-exposed to excessive sound levels, sensitive structures of the inner ear can be damaged. This can result in permanent, noise-induced hearing loss. It can happen after a brief but intense sound such as an explosion, or from regular exposure to noise over time.
When working in a noisy work environment, there are certain precautions that can be taken to protect your hearing from any further loss. Products such as ear muffs and ear protection plugs are available and can be customised to suit your needs and work environment.