According to the CDC, hearing loss is in the top 3 of the most common chronic physical conditions among adults in the United States, along with hypertension and arthritis. It may not sound as critical or deadly as the other two, but it does have its consequences.
Noise is everywhere, but prolonged exposure can have serious consequences. Imagine being one of the 22 million workers who have to listen to hazardous noise every year. Your ear would suffer and so will you. This is because hearing loss, when untreated, can have side effects, some of which are debilitating. This underscores the importance of hearing protection.
Negative impact of untreated hearing loss
Studies show that hearing loss can cause someone to be irritable, angry negative, stressed, depressed, tense, and fatigue. These can lead to reduced alertness, job performance and psychological and overall health.
If you put two and two together, the result is increased risk to personal safety and earning power. How else can anyone do their job well when their hearing loss is causing them stress and irritability?
The same study also showed that people suffering from this condition tend to avoid or withdraw from any social interaction or situation, causing them to feel lonely and rejected. Whichever way you look at it, hearing loss should not be taken for granted.
So if you know you will be exposed to hazardous noise at work, take necessary precautions to protect your hearing. And one of the best ways to do that is to use noise cancelling ear plugs. They can block or muffle ambient noise or annoying sounds and bring in more benefits.
Why use ear plugs
- Protect your hearing from noise or the sound of the wind
- Prevent or reduce the risk of tinnitus
- Reduce the amount of airflow to the inner ear
Using earplugs when going to sleep will also help with a good night’s sleep by simply reducing ambient noise. It is also considered a low-tech cure for when you are suffering from sea sickness.
Who needs high fidelity ear plugs
People exposed to noise levels of over 85 decibels should wear earplugs. These include anyone working with a lawnmower or power saw, which is at 107 and 110 decibels, respectively. Peak stadium crowd noise is at an estimated 130 decibels, which makes musicians susceptible to hearing loss. Add to this the noise that musical instruments and loudspeakers make, and they definitely need noise cancelling ear plugs.
But the people who seriously need high fidelity ear plugs are those working in industries and workplaces where hazardous noise are part and parcel of the job. These include agriculture, construction, manufacturing, mining, aviation, music, firefighters, and an indoor firing range.
Anywhere where the noise levels are over 85 decibels require the use of ear plugs.
The best noise cancelling ear plugs
Ear plugs are not perfect and poorly designed plugs or plugs that don’t fit your ear properly can have risks, especially when worn long-term. But as long as proper usage is followed and you use a good quality plug, everything should be just fine. So it pays to choose the best product on the market and we sincerely believe our Earmonix brand delivers the best quality and comfort available in personal ear plug design.
Quiet but not deaf
It’s one thing to block or muffle ambient noise, but another to not hear anything at all. The best ear plugs should have acoustic filters that keep the noise levels down, but still allow speech to penetrate and be recognized.
High quality and effective
Choose ear plugs that have gone through rigorous testing and strict quality control. Remember that your ears are sensitive and the wrong plug can cause more harm than good.
When it comes to hearing protection, you should be all ears.