Noise induced hearing loss
How does noise cause hearing loss?
We are subject to constant noise every day, from noisy offices to road noise and even household noises such as machines, vacuum cleaners or televisions.
Noise-hearing loss (NIHL) is hearing loss due to being subjected to these sounds for too long. At first, the sounds of traffic or the hum of an air conditioner will not harm your ears, but if you are exposed to some daily sounds, the effects may combine into hearing damage caused by noise.
NIHL can be gradual or sudden
Hearing loss can also happen suddenly if you're near your ear exposed to a loud noise like a gunshot or engine backfire. It just takes a second to inflict permanent harm to your hearing.
It is, however, most likely due to overexposure to unnecessary noise for too long or single exposure to a loud sound, blast, or impulse. This overexposure can cause fatigue and eventually damage our hearing organ's sensitive structures (cochlea). They include the hair cells that are tiny sensory cells that transmit sound energy to the brain. If impaired, these hair cells can't grow again.
An ounce of prevention
Although we can't avoid traffic noise or the sounds of our home maintenance machines, we can do something to protect ourselves.
You should wear hearing protection around loud noises, such as when using lawn equipment or power tools, when driving motorcycles, or when attending live events such as concerts or truck or car racing. Hearing protection enables you to continue to live the life you see fit, while also protecting yourself from harm.
There are so many options for hearing protective devices that it can be challenging to decide which one is for you. While over the counter hearing protection will no doubt help, but the most convenient and effective type of ear protection is molded specially for your ears.
Custom hearing protection
We can fit you for custom-fitted earmolds. They are impressions of the ear canal and concha (the outer bowl-shaped part of your body). They stick entirely to the shape of the inside of your ears, providing you with a comfortable fit and excellent sound protection around you, but still allowing you to listen. Here are some of the types of hearing protection that we offer:
As much as 50% of all recreational shooters can experience some degree of loss of hearing. Using ear protection can prevent unnecessary and irreversible hearing damage. Our hunting ear protection allows you to be able to hear very soft noises, while also shielding your ear from a firearm's peak noise levels.