His knowledge in communication disorders has helped a wide range of patients, including both adults and children with hearing loss. He provides screenings, hearing tests, aural rehabilitation and has an extensive knowledge of both conventional and digital hearing instruments.
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Hearing loss is a common problem in Ireland as 1 in 6 people suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can be caused by over exposure to loud noise, it can be hereditary or it can be as a result of an accident. Hearing loss sustained from over exposure to noise, can have disabling personal and social consequences for the affected person and their family. Research has shown that around two-thirds of farmers have a measurable hearing loss, or have on average, hearing levels 10 to 15 years worse than that of the rest of the population. Source – FarmSafe.org
Hearing loss in farmers can be caused by long term exposure to on-farm noise hazards such as tractors, chainsaws, milking parlors etc. Many machinery and tools used on the farm would expose you to sounds over 85 decibels (dB) or even sound levels of over 100 decibels (dB), the equivalent of a jet airplane taking-off or a rock concert.
Exposure to excessive noise levels without protection, represent an unacceptable risk to the hearing health of farming families. We recommend that all farmers when working on the farm wear ear protectors. Even if you have not been using ear defenders and you have been farming for years, its time to make a change in your routine. Protect your hearing today.
If you think that over exposure to farming equipment has damaged your hearing, contact Hidden Hearing today and book in for your free one-to-one hearing consultation.
You might also find that due to over exposure to loud machinery, that you might have a slight ringing in you ears which might mean you have tinnitus. We can offer free advise and support if you suffer from tinnitus.
Or maybe its just earwax? We also offer a free earwax removal service for over 50s in Ireland. Contact us today on 1800 882 884.