Ovens & Murray Advertiser - North East Regional Extra

YOUR HEALTH

- With DIANA

THE message about the need for hearing protection has been ‘out there’ for several decades.

Basically if you participat­e in an excessivel­y noisy activity, it is really important to protect your hearing.

The consequenc­es of not using hearing protection can be problems with tinnitus (head noise) and hearing loss, which may affect your ability to understand the spoken message - especially in background noise.

As we now know, just a single gunshot can cause permanent problems and listening to music at very loud levels can also cause a problem.

Unfortunat­ely, just because the sound is pleasurabl­e, does not mean that it is safe.

There are many ways to help your ears - for example, try noise-cancelling headphones when listening to music in noisy areas to reduce the need to increase the volume.

If you do need to turn up your device in a particular situation, say while on public transport, remember to turn the volume back down again as soon as you move into a quieter place.

It is also important that children learn to listen to their music at a comfortabl­e and safe level - when they have on headphones or earphones, they should still be able to hear you call them.

Their music should not be loud enough to stop them hearing you.

There are several different types of hearing protection systems available, including both earmuffs and earplugs.

Earmuffs come in a variety of strengths for different noise levels or activities as well as head sizes.

There are even smaller-sized muffs for children.

Traditiona­lly, earmuffs have provided ‘passive’ protection, but now there are ‘active’ earmuffs available.

The fantastic thing about these is that the softer, conversati­onal, sounds around you are amplified, while a loud sound is muffled.

This can be of advantage when engaged in an occasional­ly noisy activity when you also need to be able to hear someone.

Options of earplugs available overthe-counter (OTC) have recently expanded, now including plugs for a variety of specific noise sources - for example, for partners of snorers.

Musician’s earplugs are also available, either custom or off-the-shelf models.

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◆ OPTIONS AVAILABLE: Using noise-cancelling headphones when listening to music in noisy areas reduces the need to increase the volume.
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