Protecting Your Hearing At Work

One of the hidden dangers in many jobs is the harm that can happen to your hearing.

When people think about workplace injuries, they usually think of physical injuries that need quick medical help. However, statistics show hearing damage is the most common type of job injury. It can take years for hearing loss to become noticeable.

The most common type of hearing loss at work is noise-induced hearing loss.

What is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?

About 22 million American workers are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) at their jobs, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Loud environments can be found in almost every type of job, but workers in manufacturing, construction, utility, and mining are especially at risk. Other workers might be exposed to chemicals that can harm their hearing. People who work or spend time outdoors in noisy areas are also at risk.

Hearing damage can happen with long exposure to sounds over 85 decibels (dB), and louder sounds like a gunshot (140 dB) can cause NIHL immediately. Loud noises can harm the tiny hairs in our inner ears, leading to permanent hearing loss.

Tips for Protecting Your Hearing

Even if you already have some hearing loss, there are things you can do to stop it from getting worse:

1. Wear hearing protection at work as much as you can. Earmuffs are best, but earplugs also help.

2. If you can’t turn down loud noises, try to move away from them.

3. Talk to your boss about your worries about the noise and how it affects your health.

4. Make an appointment with your audiologist to check your hearing.

Types of Hearing Protection

Protecting your ears from loud noises is important to prevent hearing loss. There are different types of hearing protection that you can use, depending on the situation. Here are some common ones:

  • Earplugs: Earplugs are small, soft plugs you put in your ears. They are great for blocking noise at concerts, sleeping, or work. They come in foam, silicone, or custom-molded options.
  • Earmuffs: Earmuffs cover the entire ear and are held in place by a headband. They are often used in loud work environments like construction sites or airports. They can be adjusted to fit snugly and are quick to put on and take off.
  • Noise-Canceling Headphones: These headphones use technology to reduce unwanted sounds. They are perfect for studying, traveling, or working in noisy places. They are comfortable to wear and can also play music or other audio.
  • Ear Canal Caps: These are similar to earplugs but are connected by a band that goes around the back of your head. They are easy to use and can be quickly inserted and removed.

Remember, proper hearing protection can help keep your ears safe and healthy. Always choose the best option for your needs and make sure it fits well to provide the best protection.

Audiologists & Hearing Protection In NYC

Audio Help Hearing Centers prides itself on delivering specialized hearing solutions in New York and various key locations. 

We offer personalized service and comprehensive hearing tests by New York City’s top audiologists. 

Audiologists at Audio Help Hearing Centers are committed to providing a wide selection of hearing protection to address your needs. 

We want to ensure you have a pleasant experience and feel comfortable during your appointment.

Audio Help has three New York City offices conveniently located in Manhattan (Chelsea Village, Columbus Circle, and Park Avenue) and additional offices in Scarsdale, NY (Westchester County) and Stamford, CT.

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