Wearing hearing protection is the single most important preventive step you can take in the prevention of hearing loss. Those who encounter hazardous noise levels either on the job or during recreational activities are at high risk of developing hearing loss. Over time this condition increased in severity and often goes unnoticed until it has reached an advanced stage where treatment is less successful.
While over-the-counter earplugs can make a difference in the prevention of hearing loss, custom fit molds provide the best hearing protection. There are several types of custom earplugs which your audiologist can review with you. Dr. Davis can fit you with custom hearing protection via an ear canal mold which is specialized for your activities and personal needs.
Musicians, hunters, swimmers and others will benefit from this customization process when choosing earplugs designed for their favorite pursuits. Furthermore, workers exposed to on-the-job noise should consider hearing protection geared towards providing solutions for excessive noise exposure at work.
Listening to personal music devices through ear buds at a high level can also attribute to hearing loss at a young age. When listening to your iPod or MP3 player, be sure to keep the volume at a reasonable level. Remember, anything above 85 dB can cause permanent hearing damage.