Pro­tect your hear­ing from noisy farm ma­chin­ery

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - Farm Safety -

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.

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