Hearing loss is something that affects us all. Whether you were born with a reduced hearing ability, or developed it later in life, we should all be thinking about what we can do here and now to protect our hearing. A wide variety of environmental factors can put us at an increased risk of hearing loss—including our professions. Today, we’ll share 4 professions that should take extra steps to protect their hearing!
Even those of us who aren’t musicians know just how loud the profession—or hobby—can be. We’ve all had the experience of going to a concert and being astounded by just how loud it is. Many musicians find themselves in this environment multiple times a week. Over time, this can seriously take a toll on your hearing.
Athletes and Coaches
To many Americans, athletes and coaches are just as revered as rock stars. Similarly, they have to contend with countless piercing noises on the job. From the screams of fans, to the whistle of the referee, sporting events are definitely characterized by cacophony.
Have you ever been bothered by the noisiness emanating from a nearby construction site? If you think it’s annoying from your perspective, imagine just how much noisier it must be from theirs. There are countless sources of loud noises on your average construction site, from jackhammers to backup alarms on vehicles. Construction workers have to work harder than the rest of us to prevent hearing loss.
If you’ve ever worked with young children, you know just how loud they can be. Even a well-behaved classroom is bound to let loose a little during lunch and recess. School teachers experience a wide variety of loud noises on a daily basis, so it never hurts to use some extra caution when it gets to be too much.
How to Protect Your Hearing
The best way to avoid hearing loss is to reduce the time you spend in loud environments. But if your jobsite is too loud, this isn’t an option.
Thankfully, there are other steps you can take to protect your hearing. Earplugs are a cheap and easy way to do exactly that. While store-bought ones can make a big difference, custom ones are even better. They will be perfectly molded to your ear to really cut down on damaging soundwaves.
Hearing loss isn’t inevitable. By taking the right preventative steps today, we can improve our tomorrow.
Contact Bay Area Audiology Today
Ready to change the way you look at hearing loss? Our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Trisha A. Bents Muth, is exceptionally experienced in the art of audiology and is dedicated to providing the absolute best solutions. Bay Area Audiology has been working to give patients a comfortable environment with thorough evaluations. We are independently owned, and unbiased when it comes to finding you the care you need.
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