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Noise Levels and Your Hearing Health

“Why do I need to wear ear protection if I’m only mowing my lawn?” This is a question I am asked often. I tell folks that tractor or a sitting lawn mower can have a sound level of up to 110 dB – which is very loud and can be hazardous to hearing.  Also, some homes have large backyards and farmland which means cutting the grass could take several hours or, in some cases, all day. Research has shown that utilizing hearing aids can help stabilize speech clarity, but not if you don’t protect your hearing from further damage.  More specifically, prolonged exposure to hazardous noises can damage our ears and these noises include but are not limited to lawnmowers, tractors, power tools, and weed eaters. 

It is estimated that more than 30 million adults in the US may have hearing loss resulting from noise exposure.  Noise induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells found in the inner ear.  Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear (sound energy) into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, the hair cells cannot grow back, resulting in permanent hearing loss (American Academy of Audiology, 2018). 

Audiological Consultants of Atlanta not only strives to improve your communication abilities with your hearing aids, we want to help prevent any further damage that can diminish your hearing capabilities. Our offices can provide customized ear protection molded to fit your ear. We have different ear protection options dependent on the type of noises. Ear protection can be made to block out all loud hazardous sounds or custom earplugs with filters can reduce noise while maintaining sound qualitywhich is optimal for musicians. Keep in mind, it is important to have your hearing tested annually to ensure your hearing thresholds are stable.   

Call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists to discuss ear protection options and to have your annual complete audiological evaluation.  

Jennifer Pound, M.A., Audiologist

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