According to OSHA, approximately 30 million people in the United States are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Noise related hearing loss has become one of the top most important safety concerns. Exposure to high levels of noise in working environments over a period of time can cause permanent hearing loss which cannot be regained.
Do you hear ringing or humming in your ears when you leave work?
Do you have to shout to be heard by coworkers who are only an arm's length away?
Do you experience difficulty in hearing temporarily after you leave work?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then your workplace environment could be causing permanent damage to your hearing. If you answered no then maybe your workplace environment is OK, but you could still be doing damage to your hearing at home. Follow the below tips to protect your hearing no matter where you are.
- Wear high-quality industrial earplugs or ear muffs to protect your ears and hearing.
- Avoid loud environments such as concerts, construction zones, and loud work zones.
- Don't smoke. Smoking can actually damage your hearing over time.
- Never stick anything inside your ear canal - especially Qtips or other ear cotton swabs. These can damage your ear drum and can also do the opposite of cleaning your ears by pushing the wax deeper into the ear canal.
- Don't play your music too loud while riding in car, or while wearing headphones.