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6 Noise Protection Tips for Workers

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Some work environments are noisier than others. In work environments where considerable noise is present, protection is a must. If you do not take the steps that are required to protect your hearing, you could end up experiencing noise-induced hearing loss. This can be very difficult to come to terms with because noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented. 

Keeping that in mind, we are going to look at six of the different things that you can do to protect your ears as a worker. This includes the following:

  1. Invest in everyday noise protection products: If you work in a noisy environment, this is typically something that your employer should provide you with. It is worth looking at the health and safety requirements for your workplace in further detail. You should speak to your employer if you feel that he or she is not providing you with the ear protection that is needed. Wearing premium quality ear muffs or industrial earplugs will help to protect your ears and hearing.
  2. Only take medication as directed: In some cases, people can take pain medication and other tablets to help them with work. However, some medications, like ibuprofen and aspirin, can end up contributing to hearing loss. You should speak about this with your doctor if you are concerned. 
  3. Do not put anything inside of your ear canal: It is vital to select a noise safety protection device that is not going to go too far into your ear canal. Also, it is imperative that you do not put anything in your ears to get rid of earwax, for example, stick-like devices such as cotton swabs. Not only are these sticks and similar tools going to be damaging to your hearing by puncturing your eardrum, but they can also end up creating an uncomfortable build-up of wax by pushing debris and wax further into the ear canal. If you feel that your hearing could be damaged because of this, the best thing to do is book an appointment with an audiologist as soon as possible. A professional will be able to check out your hearing and make their recommendations based on this. 
  4. Avoid loud environments whenever possible: We know that it is not going to be possible to avoid loud noises all of the time in your work environment. From farming to construction; there are many different work environments that are loud. However, if you are able to avoid loud work environments, you should do so. You should also take regular breaks from any noisy environment to reduce your exposure. If you have any suggestions regarding limiting noise exposure, do not hesitate to bring this up with your employer, as it could be that it is something they have never thought of before. Giving your ears time to recover can make a massive difference, so something as simple as rotating jobs can make a massive difference.
  5. Manage your stress levels: Anxiety and stress have both been attributed to permanent and temporary tinnitus, which is a phantom ringing in the ears. High levels of stress can result in your body entering fight or flight mode, which is a reaction that is instinctual and your body ends up being filled with adrenaline to help you either flee or flight from danger. This process puts a considerable amount of pressure on your body heat, blood flow and nerves. It is commonly believed that this stress and pressure can travel up into your inner ear, contributing to symptoms of tinnitus.
  6. Get regular checkups: Finally, it is imperative to find an audiologist that you feel comfortable with so that you can have regular checkups. By doing this, you can have peace of mind that any potential problems are picked up on at the earliest opportunity. This means you can get the help and treatment you need before the issue is allowed to get worse. Going for regular checkups can make a massive difference in terms of your hearing health.

Contact us at The Center for Audiology

If you are concerned about the impact your work environment is having on your ears, book an appointment with a leading audiologist at The Center for Audiology for hearing protection. You can contact us today at Houston 713-255-0035 and Pearland 713-800-5050

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