We are seeing more and more people in the food/beverage and entertainment industry with noise-induced hearing loss due to daily exposure to noise at their events. Here are some tips to keep hearing aids at bay.
1. Be smart and cover up those ears! These are your ears for life and you will need them in order to continue working.
2. Annual hearing exams will let you know how fast your work is affecting you.
Tag a friend who needs a gentle nudge about this topic
Can you guess the #1 hearing complaint? Wait, what did you say? Boys? Toys? Ohhhh- you said noise!
Restaurants, lecture halls, and busy work meetings with several talkers can all pose a challenge due to many competing sounds distorting and drowning out one another. Normally, subtle differences in the sounds as they arrive at the 2 ears, guide the brain in making sense and being able to follow along.
However, these difficulties are worsened in the presence of a hearing loss: the brain must decipher and make sense of incomplete information from the ears! When listening in quiet or one-on-one conversation, the brain may be able to compensate and fill in the blanks (sometimes with varying success). However, background noise can really highlight a person’s need for hearing evaluation or treatment.
A quality hearing aid that is set properly will not just make conversations louder, but also clearer. By sharpening the contrast between important conversation and background noise, it helps boost the quality of information sent to the brain and allows you to follow the conversation with less effort and frustration.
You know that high pitched sound of the hand drill that most of us cringe from? Well, being around that all day can put your dentist at risk for developing a noise-induced hearing loss. Special hearing protection is available in order to lower the damaging noise while still allowing them to converse with the patient. Of course, if one notices a change in their hearing then a hearing test is also a good idea, to see how much the noise is affecting them. Tag a dentist, hygienist or dental student you care about!