Hearing is one of the things that you never miss until it is gone, everyone can tell a story about their parents telling them to turn the music down, now that everyone is putting ear buds as deep into their ears as they can and turning the music up as loud as it will go we can expect a whole generation with hearing problems. There are various noise protection or noise reduction ideas that I will share with you here. Do not look to buy the cheapest items you can find, once your hearing is damaged there really is nothing you can do to get it back.
Electronic Hearing Protection
If you are looking for some type of hearing protection for a specific purpose e.g shooting guns or working in a factory or other loud environment you will find that electronic ear muffs could well be just what you need. As computer technology has improved so has noise protection, the speed with which electronic ear muffs can shut out loud noises then let in people speaking is simply amazing.
When you mention ear plugs to most people they think about the old waxy ones that you wear to bed to block out your husbands snoring. Shooting ear plugs are very sophisticated and while you can get throw away ones still many people have custom ear plugs made. While custom ear plugs may seem to be an expensive purchase just think about the value of your hearing. There is a good reason why the better shooting ranges give you special shooting ear muffs, the constant noise from a gun will damage your hearing forever.
Hearing Protection Ear Muffs
When I worked with a jack hammer in construction many years ago I was given a set of heavy ear muffs that would block out most of the noise. They made my head sweaty and were so uncomfortable that I would remove them when I thought no one was around. This of course was silly as I was wearing the headset so I could protect my hearing. Today’s hearing protection ear muffs are a different creature altogether, they probably have as much computer power in them as the earliest space ships and that manages the sound that is allowed through. By closing off loud noises but letting in voices the latest ear muffs have become a must have item for anyone who works on a factory floor or goes shooting.
The worst damage is done to young ears and ear muffs are generally not the best looking things, it is for this reason that you can now get ear muffs in all sorts of colors, including camoflague, which may be a bit more palatable for younger shooters or workers.
While it may seem obvious to protect your hearing from things like shotguns and factory machinery what about the items that we may encounter every day which will damage our hearing but we ignore
-woodworking tools – saws, drills, nail guns
You may laugh as we never think about noise protection for our ears when we are mowing the lawn but the reality is that a lawn mower can be very loud. When you see the local kid mowing his 5th lawn of the day during his summer holidays without any kind of noise protection you can be sure that he is damaging his hearing. If you spend a lot of time working on your car, or building things in the woodshop you must be wearing something to protect your hearing every time you go and build something.
Noise protection is a serious consideration and taking it into account now will save you lots of expense and pain later in life.