Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).
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Some people are born with a hearing impairment, and others develop hearing loss after illness, trauma or taking certain medications. However, the most common cause of hearing loss is noise related hearing loss, where the hearing organs are damaged by exposure to very loud sounds.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we know that most people are not aware of how easy it is for the ears to sustain damage, and we believe it is very important to spread the word about how to protect against hearing loss. The following are all potential hearing hazards, and we recommend avoiding these noises or taking precautions to prevent damage to hearing.
Sounds That Can Cause Hearing Loss
1. Transport. Did you know that most forms of transport carry a risk to our hearing? The noise of road traffic, such as cars and buses, is often very noisy, especially in busy cities, and daily exposure to this for long periods of time can take its toll on the ears. Motorbikes often cause very loud sounds that are potentially dangerous to hearing, and airplanes are a source of dangerously loud sounds. If you work in an environment where you cannot avoid these sounds, you should consider wearing earplugs at all times to protect your ears.
2. Sporting events. It may seem surprising, but the noise at sporting events such as football or rugby matches can be damaging to the ears. Music, commentating and crowd noise combine to create a very loud environment which could lead to hearing loss, either temporary or permanent, if you do not wear earplugs to filter out the noise.
3. Music. Music presents an enormous risk to hearing when it is listened to at very high volumes, and it is vital to keep the volume low, especially if you are listening through earbuds. Close proximity to the hearing organs increases the risk of damage, and experts warn that limits of 60 minutes per day of listening at 60 percent volume should be adhered to in order to prevent hearing loss.
4. Garden machinery. Machines used for general garden maintenance, such as lawn mowers and strimmers, are often extremely loud and can lead to hearing loss after just a few minutes. You should always wear earmuffs or earplugs when using these machines, and be aware that power tools carry the same risk.
5. Kitchen appliances. Many cooking aids and kitchen appliances operate at very high volumes, and anyone who uses these for long periods of time, such as professional chefs or bakers, should consider wearing earplugs. It is possible to buy earplugs that do not stop you from hearing things around you but help to reduce the noise level of very loud sounds, and these are ideal in a working environment.
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