Hearing Loss

We often take our good hearing for granted. Many people start to lose their hearing gradually without noticing it. By the time they realize they are having problems hearing normal conversations, itís too late to take preventative actions. Once your hearing is lost, you canít replace it.

Noise is measured in decibels (dB). The higher the number of decibels, the louder the noise. If youíre repeatedly exposed to sounds approaching 90 dB over 8-hour periods you risk hearing loss. Loud noises break down tiny parts of the ear that conduct sound.. Although many people wear proper ear protection at the worksite, at home they may expose themselves to dangerously high noise levels. Remember that loud noises for even a short time can damage the ear.

Examples of noise levels are:

Signs of possible hearing problems:

If you have any of the above signs, see you physician, who can send you for a hearing test. Many companies test their employeesí hearing. Early recognition of hearing loss is important.

 

Protect your hearing

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Martin Lesperance is a fire fighter/paramedic and is the author of the best selling book "I Wonít be in to Work Today Ė Preventing Injuries at Home, Work and Play" Martin delivers keynote presentations dealing with injury prevention. His talks are funny, but still have a strong underlying message. Visit his website at www.safete.com