Did you know recreational activities have some of the largest impact on our hearing? Whether you enjoy listening to live music with friends, working outside on your lawn with power tools, hunting, or going to the shooting range, all of these activities can have a harmful impact on your hearing ability.
Noise-induced hearing loss is incredibly common, affecting about 40 million U.S. adults aged 20-69. Many adults who have hearing loss as a result of loud noise exposure experienced it due to occupation. However, millions of Americans are also developing hearing loss due to inadequate or lack of hearing protection when spending time recreationally.
Sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). The higher the decibel level, the louder the noise. On the decibel scale, the level increase of 10 means that a sound is actually 10 times more intense or powerful.
Any sound over 85 decibels can be dangerous to your hearing when exposed on a regular basis. Impulse sounds that reach over 100 decibels can damage your hearing just one time during exposure. For those who enjoy hunting or going to a shooting range, a shotgun firing is 130 decibels! That's 45 decibels over the threshold for sounds to be dangerous. Live music such as a rock concert can range from 110dB to 140dB which can easily get too loud, especially if you are close to the stage.
Whatever types of activities you enjoy doing in your free time, it's crucial to wear the proper hearing protection.
There is a wide range of hearing protection available for live music goers, hunters, and power tool enthusiasts. We can take a mold of your ears to create a custom fit earplug that will offer you optimal protection against loud sounds.
For music lovers, there are special earplugs that will protect your hearing while allowing you to hear the rhythm of the music. For hunters, we offer the best hearing protection for shooting, protecting your ears from the loud impulse sounds of a shotgun.
With professionally fitted hearing protection, your ears will be protected from loud sounds, while still being able to hear the soft sounds around you. While listening to music or outdoors, you need to hear the soft sounds around you, while still protecting your hearing from an impact blast of sound, such as power tools or suddenly loud music.
No matter what kind of activities you enjoy doing, we can help you protect your hearing.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment to discuss the latest hearing protection. You want to keep your ears safe while still enjoying your favorite activities and we can help you. We would be happy to take a mold of your ears and create the best fitting earplugs you’ve experienced.