Protect your hearing from noisy farm machinery
NOISY workplaces and noisy leisure activities often produce sound at levels that can damage hearing permanently.
Exposure to excessive levels of noise is cumulative and the effects increase with more exposure over time.
According to Wangaratta Audiology owner and audiologist Fred Bienvenu, the best way to eliminate the likelihood of noiseinduced hearing loss is to avoid participation in excessively noisy activities and to reduce the level of noise at its source.
This means repairing noisy machinery so it is quieter or selecting quieter, new equipment.
The next best way is to use earmuffs or earplugs.
“People in the workforce are usually provided with hearing protection when it is needed,” Mr Bienvenu said.
“Don’t forget that you may also participate in noisy activities at home – the lawnmower and other noisy garden tools, machines in the workshop and any sort of shooting are all likely sources of excessive noise.
“This can mean that children and grandchildren are also exposed to noise and need to be provided with a good role model for hearing protection use.”
There are several different noise protection devices available at Wangaratta Audiology, with earmuffs offering a good solution for many noisy activities.
Wangaratta Audiology also provides smaller-sized earmuffs for children in bright colors, with commercial earplugs or individually moulded earplugs also available.
“All guns, rifles and other firearms are loud enough to cause a hearing loss with a single shot,” Mr Bienvenu said.
“Hunters and shooters can benefit from the use of good quality muffs with intelligent active protection to amplify the voices of other people and environmental sounds, while selectively eliminating the excessive noise of shooting.
“Some people prefer to use these intelligent muffs for all noisy activities, as it lets them keep in touch better with their surroundings.
“For people with a hearing loss who need to wear hearing protection, voices will be easier to hear with these than with conventional earmuffs,” he said.
For more information phone Wangaratta Audiology on (03) 5722 4433.
PROTECT YOUR HEARING: The team at Wangaratta Audiology can offer plenty of advice on how to protect your hearing.