hearing protection

Holiday Coping With Tinnitus Hyperacusis or Hearing Loss

The holiday season can be a difficult time for people with hearing loss, tinnitus, or hyperacusis. The hustle and bustle and crowded social events can make T-H flare-up, and make it hard to understand conversations (this is true even for people with T and “normal” hearing).  This increases fatigue and stress that makes holiday coping …

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Noise Damage Prevention Plan to Protect Children’s Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1.1 billion children and teenagers are at risk for long-term hearing loss from high level noise. Noise damage also causes tinnitus (hearing extra sound) and hyperacusis (hearing sound extra loud).  The Quiet Coalition reports that environmental noise pollution is a public health crisis. This includes health effects starting …

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Do Musician’s Earplugs Work for Loud Metal Band Concerts?

If there was a time for social earplugs, it was now. The bass beat rippled from the soles of my feet to the top of my head. Pounding in my chest like an extra heartbeat. My first metal concert. I was using my pre-molded musician’s earplugs (ER 20s; $20), but it was too loud. After …

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When do employers have to pay for hearing protection for people exposed to damaging noise at work?

It depends on what country you live in, and sometimes what state or province in the country. For countries with occupational noise regulations, usually employers must have a hearing conservation program if they have any workers at or above a specific exposure trigger. Workers exposed within 5 dB below the exposure trigger can also ask …

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