Just how important is it to protect your hearing, and how can you do so?
Nov 26, 2015
It’s not all about us solving your hearing problems – it’s also about preventing them. Protecting your hearing is extremely important, and with us living in a world full of noise, you can very easily succumb to hearing problems. So how can you prevent these hearing problems?
Probably the best method of protecting your hearing is with a custom hearing protection appliance, which is made to fit comfortably in your unique ear to reduce noise across the spectrum of audio frequencies. Of course, you’ll still be able to hear while wearing the appliance, but it will be at a safer, more manageable level of intensity. Of course, not everyone is going to get custom protection made to fit their exact ear, so off the shelf protection is also available.
So, who should look to get hearing protection? Well, with experts claiming that exposure to sound levels of more than 85 decibels can have their hearing damaged over time, anyone who is regularly submitted to loud noises should consider protecting their hearing, especially those who work in loud environments or participate in noisy activities. As well as offering general protection for anyone who needs it, we also have three different specific designs for three different specific needs.
For example, motorcyclists put their hearing at risk, with the intensity of sound around them doubling for every 12mph increase in their speed. This is caused by fast moving air around the head, and whether you race, use a motorcycle for work, or ride for fun, you can eventual have your hearing severely damaged. At House of Hearing, we offer custom made ear plugs for motorcyclists, which are specifically designed to fit the user comfortably whilst wearing a helmet.
We also produce specialist plugs for music. A typical concert can produce sound levels well over 125 decibels, which can cause pain and eventually lead to loss of hearing and tinnitus. We produce plugs to suit concert goers, musicians, and even staff at the music venue.
Another activity-specific custom ear plug we create is for anybody who partakes in shooting. Whether you shoot game or spend your weekend firing at clay pigeons, we have specialist plugs to protect you. We have two options for shooters – you could have a passive acoustic filter which allows you to hear quiet sounds, but triggers protection as soon as a nearby gun is fired. You could instead choose the active electronic filter option which actually amplifies the quiet noises around you so you can still hear properly and communicate with those around you, but stops loud gunfire from damaging your ears.
If you need custom hearing protection fitted for whatever reason you require, make sure you contact us for more information and to book an appointment with a member of our dedicated team.
Another way of protecting your hearing is that of ear wax removal. Excessive ear wax can reduce your hearing and worsen existing tinnitus, so by having a simple procedure done, you can solve these problems quickly. There are two methods of ear wax removal – irrigation and microsuction. Irrigation sees warm water introduced to your ear canal, flushing out the wax and clearing your ears. If you have perforated eardrums, glue ear, or some other specific conditions, ear irrigation is unsuitable for you, but you instead can have microsuction. This process involves gentle air suction removing your excess wax, and it is recommended you soften the wax beforehand with some drops of olive oil, to make the process easier.
No matter what method of hearing protection you need, get in touch with us now to speak to an expert and book an appointment at one of our centres.
Edinburgh & St Andrews clinics open on reduced hours
We are delighted to offer a full audiology service, including hearing health assessments, all types of hearing aid repairs and the only private ENT nurse-led wax removal service in the country, on reduced hours from our Edinburgh, St Andrews and Morpeth clinics. Simply call us on 0131 220 1220 to book your appointment. Please note that you must call first to book an appointment.
All appointments at House of Hearing are carried out in accordance with current government guidelines, as well as adhering to the up-to-date Covid-19 clinical guidance, issued by the regulators and professional bodies for ENT and Audiology care services.