How to Protect Your Hearing
We rarely think about it, but daily exposure to excessive noise is the primary cause of many cases of hearing loss in the working population. The degree of loss will depend on the level of noise and duration of exposure.
If you are surrounded by noise – whether it’s construction, engineering, teaching or dentistry – you can reduce the risks by using earplugs or other hearing protection devices.
If your ears are not getting bombarded at work they might well be under pressure at home. Be aware that lawncare equipment, power tools and even the repeated “crack” of a simple hammer can put your hearing at risk.
Throughout our lives we are bombarded with a steady stream of sound – in schools, at home, at work and out and about. Sometimes these sounds get so loud that they begin to damage our hearing.
Today, around 40% of people over the age of 50 have a hearing loss1, and that number is likely to increase in the future.
Young people are at risk of losing their hearing faster than previous generations due to more exposure to loud music and noisy environments.
Our hearing helps us get educated, find jobs, build families and lasting friendships, which is why it is worth taking care of. This brochure tells you what you can do to protect this precious sense.