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Who Should Wear Ear Protection?

Man Working with Earmuffs

The short answer to this question is that everyone should be wearing ear protection if they are around loud noises. However, there are certain people who are going to need to do this more than others. If you don’t know if you are in one of these categories, then it’s a good thing you came across this article. We are going to talk about some of the groups of people who should be wearing ear protection. If in doubt, you can speak to a hearing healthcare professional who will be able to give you all of the information that you need.

Work on a building site

The first group of people who should be wearing ear protection are those who work on building sites. With the amount of noise and the consistency of it, you should be wearing ear protectors at all times. If you don’t do this, you are risking damaging your hearing for good and once it’s completely gone, you aren’t going to get it back. You are required by law to wear ear protection on some sites, but you should make sure that you are doing it on all of them.

If you have been experiencing any ringing in your ears, this is going to be particularly important. It might go away after a few minutes and this is called temporary tinnitus. This is a sign that you are losing your hearing and if you don’t want this to happen to you, you should be wearing ear protection.

Go to a lot of concerts

Second, if you go to a lot of concerts, you are going to need ear protection. You might not do this because it doesn’t look cool, but neither does having ringing in your ears 24/7. You can buy clear earplugs that mold to the shape of your ear and because the music is so loud, you will still be able to hear it through your earplugs. By doing this, you are severely decreasing the risk of causing your ears permanent damage. In addition to this, you should aim to stay away from the speakers at these kinds of events, as the amount of sound coming out of them can be extremely harmful to human ears.

Around loud appliances

You may not realize it, but the appliances in your home can be very loud. You might just dismiss this and not think anything of it, but prolonged exposure to this level of noise can be harmful to your hearing. In this list, we are including things like your washing machine and your vacuum. We know that you need these items to keep everything clean and tidy, but consider using earplugs when you are using them. This way, you are blocking out some of the noise and reducing the risk of harm. You will still be able to hear things, but the volume of decibels that you will hear will be a lot lower. Any sound above 85 decibels warrants the use of ear protection.

We hope that you have found this article helpful and have a better understanding of who should wear ear protection. If we have mentioned you in this article, you need to seriously consider using some protection when you are around these loud noises.