Protect Your Hearing

ARE YOU AT RISK FOR HEARING LOSS FROM NOISE EXPOSURE?

Be aware of the warning signs for hearing loss from noise exposure.  If you can't hear the person next to you at a normal conversational level in the presence of noise, it's too loud and you should be wearing hearing protection.  Minnesota Hearing Aid Professionals, Inc. offers many options available to meet your hearing protection needs.  With the information and resources available today, positive steps can be taken to reduce the occurrence of noise induced hearing loss.

HOW LOUD IS TOO LOUD?

Both the amount of noise and the length of time you are exposed determine the potential damage to your hearing.  Noise levels are measured in decibels (dB).  The higher the decibel level, the louder the noise.  Standards set by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) indicate that continued exposure of unprotected ears to noise over 85dB will cause a gradual hearing loss in a significant number of individuals.  Louder noises will accelerate this damage.  The allowed exposure time decreases by ONE-HALF for each 5dB increase in the average noise level.

HOW DOES THE DAMAGE OCCUR?

Sound is converted from an airborne vibration to wavelike fluid motion in the inner ear.  The motion of the fluid in the cochlea stimulates the hair cells that send electrical impulses to the brain.  It may be helpful to think of the hair cells as reeds in a pond.  On a calm day with the wind blowing lightly, the reeds sway back and forth in the breeze.  On a stormy day, the wind blows so hard that the reeds in the pond are forced down flat.  Depending on the length or severity of the storm, a number of these reeds will gradually return to their normal condition, but others will have been broken and will not recover.  Repeated exposure to loud noise fatigues the hair cells in the inner ear.  Just like the reeds, some of these hair cells will return to normal, while others have been damaged beyond the point of recovery.  The destruction of these hair cells is evidenced by permanent noise induced hearing loss.

SO HOW CAN I PROTECT MY HEARING?

MHAPI offers much more than just hearing aids. We also specialize in custom made noise protection devices for numerous uses.

  • Musicians and concert attendees. 
  • Personal listening equipment such as iPods™, MP3s, CDs, laptops, cell phones.
  • Sports enthusiasts: motor sports, swimming, hunting & shooting.
  • Occupational hearing protection: aviation, medical, dental and broadcasting.
  • Industrial & recreational: construction, bikers, mowing the lawn.

Simply schedule an ear mold impression appointment at any of our locations and we will be happy to take care of your needs.  For additional information on non-amplified custom hearing devices, please visit www.westone.com