Protect your Hearing

Don’t Let Your Hearing Retire Before You Do!

Recreational audiology is the practice of hearing conservation and consumer education regarding products and services used to enhance and preserve hearing in occupations and environments that may not be regulated by government agencies.

Today, most people are concerned with preventative health care and environmental safety.  Most people who are exposed to excessive sound levels, either recreationally or occupationally, frequently exhibit hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), stress, fatigue, or even vertigo.  There are now a large number of earplugs and in-ear monitoring devices available that protects the ear from hazardous noise.  These products allow people to perform their work or enjoy their recreational activities without compromise while providing safe and comfortable protection from noise.

Noise, both recreational and occupational, can cause irreversible damage to hearing.  At ACA, we believe it is extremely important to provide education about these risks.  With the use of appropriate hearing protection and in-ear monitors, permanent hearing loss and tinnitus can be prevented, allowing people to continue in their professional and personal activities without future compromise.  Armed with information, we can all make better, informed decisions about our hearing health.

ACA is recognized as a leading provider of high-quality hearing health care services.  ACA is unique in its organizational scope of practice by choosing to provide all aspects of audiological care, combining comprehensive diagnostic services with our treatment services.

Our staff of audiologists also provides various services to the music and performing arts industry, and to other individuals exposed to high levels of noise, including baseline hearing evaluations, sound-level measurements for noise environments, earmold impressions for hearing protection devices, custom in-ear monitors for musicians and dispensing of a wide variety of hearing aid systems.

Strategies for Hearing Conservation

  • Avoid exposure to sounds exceeding 90 dB whenever possible.
  • Increase your distance from the source of high-intensity sounds.
  • Wear appropriate sound-attenuating hearing protection.
  • Give your ears a rest of 24-48 hours after exposure to loud sounds.
  • Have your hearing evaluated yearly by a licensed audiologist.

People who are exposed to 90-120 dB sound levels for various time periods
Most industrial workers
Recording engineers
Sound crews
Pilots
Musicians
Dentists
Traders
Airline employees not requiring max attenuation
Machinists
Restaurant employees
Dance club employees
Rock music enthusiasts

People whose hearing may not be at risk, but who prefer to protect their hearing
Airplane / auto travelers
Rock music enthusiasts
Sports spectators
Persons with high-frequency loss who reject earplugs because they cannot hear clearly
Flight attendants
Persons with abnormal sensitivity to loud sounds

To learn more about recreational and occupational hearing products and services, please select one of the following links:
Custom Noise and Hearing Protectors
Musicians and the Music Industry
Noisy Work and Play
Children and Noise

In today’s mechanized, industrial world, almost EVERYBODY may be exposed to excessive noise at home, at work, and at play! Protect your hearing by using appropriate hearing protection!