At Peninsula Hearing Center, Dr. Dena Riso works with patients who have experienced hearing loss due to natural causes: disease as well as advanced years. She also works with patients who have hearing loss due to an entirely preventable cause: exposure to loud noise.
Your valuable hearing is a precious resource that should be protected from damage due to loud noise exposure by following the H.E.A.R. strategy:
Hold Yourself Accountable: An effective strategy focuses on education and action, and like most preventive health measures, you are in the best position to ensure that you practice behaviors supporting healthy hearing for you and your family.
Evaluate Your Surroundings: If you are standing three feet away from someone and cannot hear what they are saying, the noise level could be damaging to your hearing. Noise can damage hearing with long-term exposure to sound levels at or above 85 decibels. The examples below will give you an idea of sound environments that can be harmful to your hearing:
85 dB Lawnmower, shop tools, truck traffic
95 dB Movie in a movie theater
100 dB Farm tractor, cement mixer, snowmobile
110 dB Video arcade, chainsaw, pneumatic drill/jackhammer
115 dB Sandblasting, loud rock concert, auto horn
140 dB Gun muzzle blast, jet engine
Avoid the Noise: The easiest way to avoid noise-induced hearing loss is to avoid the noise! Turn down the volume on your stereo or Mp3 player, and whenever possible move away from the sources of loud noise to diffuse the overall sound intensity and thereby reducing the likelihood of damage to your inner ear.
Remember Protection: If you are not able to avoid excessive noise, muffle it. Earplugs decrease the intensity of the sound traveling to your eardrum and should be worn at all times while working near power tools, firearms, heavy machinery etc. Ask us about custom ear plugs – protect your hearing in comfort! We have a variety of styles for many different applications.