When it comes to hearing damage there really can be no excuse. Hearing loss is completely preventable especially with the range of products readily available. However, it can be confusing so we’ve decided to take a look at some of the products available from Howard Leight Hearing Protection.
Howard Leight Hearing Protection – What’s the Difference?
Founders of the Hear Forever initiative, Howard Leight Hearing Protection have been at the forefront of innovative hearing protection for over 30 years.
From simple ear plugs to intelligent noise cancelling ear defenders, their designs have been based around comfort, maximum protection and durability.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), nearly 17,000 workers in the United Kingdom suffer from the effects of hearing loss due to excessive noise exposures on the job.
Source: UK Health and Safety Executive.
And according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), over 500,000 construction workers in the USA are exposed to hazardous noise.
Is damage to the eardrum permanent?
Noise induced hearing loss can be best described as slow hearing loss as it damages the small hair cells surrounding the inner ear, or cochlea. Damage is often cumulative and permanent.
The tell tale sign of noise induced hearing loss is general conversation sounding fuzzy and less clear but not necessarily quieter. The conversation can still be heard but the clarity of the words are less distinct.
However, you can’t tell a damaged ear or affected hearing by looking at it. The ear looks perfectly normal and suffers no pain or discomfort. Therefore it is very difficult to predict or notice its cumulative effects, other than by specialist hearing testing.
All this is very different from damage caused to the ear drum by a sudden loud noise which can cause extreme pain and discomfort.
Often when the ear drum is damaged it can repair itself, or sometimes it requires a surgical procedure to repair it, but often this is temporary damage.
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