Hearing Protection and Conservation
Hearing protection and conservation are areas we are very passionate about at All Ear Doctors. We aim to educate each of our patients on the incredible importance of hearing protection and conservation. It is easy for of us to focus on the hearing we have lost, however, the hearing we have left is equally – if not more – deserving of our consideration and attention. It does not matter if you are three months old or 90 years old, have perfect hearing or severe hearing loss. You are never too old too young to start protecting the hearing you do have.
Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a permanent and irreversible hearing loss that is the result of excess exposure to loud noises. Instantaneous and extremely loud noises (such as a gunshot or airplane takeoff) can cause NIHL, however, it is much more commonly an accumulation of noise exposure over a period of years or decades. Noise induced hearing loss can be the result of a loud work environment – such as a preschool classroom, noisy leisure activities – such as sporting events, and more recently, the increased use of handheld technology.
Today’s modern technology has made our lives easier and more convenient – but it has come at a cost to our hearing health. Noise induced hearing loss has become an increasingly common issue throughout the world – across all age groups. One in five American teenagers suffers some degree of noise induced hearing loss and the World Health Organization estimates that 1.1 billion young people are at risk of developing noise induced hearing loss – due to personal listening devices and noisy leisure activities.
As mentioned above, the style of hearing aid has little to do with the technology and features it provides. In fact, most manufacturers introduce “families” or “series” of hearing aids, where the same name (and features) are shared across the spectrum of styles. There is a vast amount of technologies and features of modern-day technology. We’ve outlined a few of the most universal and sought-after features and technologies here.
Custom Ear Plugs
Our custom ear plugs are expertly molded to fit perfectly inside your ear and ear canal. These premium devices are created to cater to your daily lifestyle, personal preference, and medical necessity. These comfortable and high-quality plugs can be used to improve sleep and also allow you to participate in the activities you love, while preserving your precious hearing.
Musicians Ear Plugs
Musicians and music lovers have always been at a higher risk for hearing loss, as they are consistently exposed to loud music. We understand that music lovers have specialized needs when it comes to hearing protection. That is why we offer specialty ear plugs made specifically for musicians or music lovers. With these custom ear plugs, users will be able to hear and enjoy all the subtleties of the music they love, while simultaneously protecting their hearing.
Swimmers Ear Plugs
We are so blessed to live in sunny Huntington Beach – where we can swim almost year round! With all of this swimming, we are at an increased risk for developing ear infections associated with water in the ears. Swimmers ear plugs help to protect us from this.
It is equally important to protect our hearing as it is to conserve it. Because noise induced hearing loss is cumulative and occurs over a long period of time, we have the unique opportunity to change our habits and conserve our hearing. Here are some activities you and your family can start today to help preserve and conserve your healthy hearing.
Follow the 60/60 rule.
This rule helps to ensure our personal listening devices are not damaging our hearing. To follow this rule, simply listen to your music, movies or phone conversations at no more that 60% of the device’s maximum volume, for no more than 60 minutes at a time before taking a break.
Commit to quiet activities.
Perhaps once a week, commit to swapping a noisy activity for a quieter one. This could mean swapping the happy hour at the local bar with a quiet hike with a few friends. Even though it may seem insignificant, each and every time you decide to give your ears a break from the noise will help to conserve your hearing.
Read rather than watch.
Whenever it is possible to do so, choose to read your information rather than watch it with volume.