19 November is International Men’s Day. So we’ve been talking to men about the health of their hearing. At Hear-Clear we emphasise wearing hearing protection when undertaking noisy tasks and wearing hearing aids when hearing loss affects normal living. Here’s what some men have said when we’ve had this conversation.
1 My hearing’s already cactus, so what’s the point in wearing ear protection? Every exposure to excessive noise (over 85 dB) causes damage to the hair cells in your ear. If you already experience Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, it is still important to protect the remaining healthy cells to minimise further damage.
2 Will hearing aids make my tinnitus louder? Tinnitus is ringing in the ears that can only be heard by the sufferer. It is caused by your brain “creating” a noise to fill the gaps in the sounds it is processing. Modern hearing aids can mask tinnitus and reduce the severity of your symptoms.
3 I am managing OK, so why do I need hearing aids? As humans, we are very adept at adjusting to our changed circumstances. You may be managing quite well. But often it’s the loved ones who suffer the stress of communicating with a person with hearing loss.
If you have a hearing loss, it is likely other people are more aware of it than you.
4 If the noisy machine isn’t bothering me, doesn’t that mean it’s OK? If you have a hearing loss, then the noisy machine may sound bearable. But it is still doing damage. If it is over 85dB, it is essential to wear earplugs or earmuffs.
Protect your precious hearing. Once it is gone, you can’t get it back.
Hear-Clear is celebrating International Men’s Day all month in November. We are offering all men a FREE Hearing test in November.
Phone 9651 7379 and make an appointment today.
Contact Hear-Clear Australia Dural; Shop 16, Village Green, 22-24 Kenthurst Road, Ph: 9651 7379 Find out more at www.hear-clear.com.au