More on Noise Induced Hearing Loss and the Custom Molded Earbud… In Case You Didn’t hEER Us the 1st Time
From time to time, we like to circle our custom molded earbud fans back to the important information on noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) that should be hEERd. For the facts today, we’re turning to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), answering, “What is noise induced hearing loss?” with the following:
“Every day, we experience sound in our environment, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances, and traffic. Normally, we hear these sounds at safe levels that do not affect our hearing. However, when we are exposed to harmful noise—sounds that are too loud or loud sounds that last a long time—sensitive structures in our inner ear can be damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). These sensitive structures, called hair cells, are small sensory cells that convert sound energy into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, our hair cells cannot grow back.”
Molded Earbuds Prevent NIHL
What we cannot stress enough is this: NIHL is 100% preventable! Often, education is the key to prevention. Now you know what NIHL is, so, how do you stop it? That’s easy! The NIDCD breaks out some simple steps you can take, below:
- “Know which noises can cause damage (those at or above 85 decibels).”
- “Wear earplugs or other hearing protective devices when involved in a loud activity (special earplugs and earmuffs are available at hardware and sporting goods stores)” or from a retailer, such as eers™, that incorporates innovative SonoFit™ hearing protection technology into its products.
- “Be alert to hazardous noise in the environment.”
- “If you suspect hearing loss, have a medical examination by an otolaryngologist and a hearing test by an audiologist.”
Tell us: What steps have you taken, since being educated on NIHL, to protect your hearing?