Hearing Loss Prevention

It doesn’t take make much to protect your ears from occupational and recreational noise. Continued exposure to loud music, gun shots, and power tools will damage you hearing over time. The certified doctors of audiology at South Shore Hearing Center are here to help.

Sounds That Can Damage Your Ears and Hearing

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NIOSH / CDC) developed a chart of decibel ratings and permissible exposure times.
For more information on over 1700 noises and their corresponding decibel levels view this of Exposure Time Guidelines from Dangerous Decibels®.

Types of Hearing Protection

Occupational Hearing Protection

Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, causing an estimated $242 million per year to be spent on workers' compensation due to hearing loss disability, according to the NIOSH. Using properly fitted earplugs can significantly reduce loud noises and prevent hearing damage and loss.

Hunters and Recreational Shooters Hearing Protection

Most gunfire exceeds 130 decibels therefore you should use ear protection to prevent permanent damage to your hearing.

If you hunt then you know you need to have the ability to hear very soft sounds, while still protecting the ear from high noise levels of a shotgun blast. 
You have many options for protection including: 
  • Custom or over-the-counter earplugs or earmuffs
  • Protection devices that provide amplification
  • Electronic earplugs that enhances the sounds around you

Law Enforcement Hearing Protection

Officers may experience temporary hearing loss after firing their weapon. Repeated exposure may lead to permanent hearing loss. Make your appointment today and let us show you how to protect your hearing while doing your job.

Ear Protection for Musicians

Hearing loss, tinnitus, hypersensitivity to sound, and sound distortion can affect a professional musician's work in a high decibel environment.

Where traditional earplugs will not work for the professional musician because they reduce sound by muffling low-to-mid-range frequencies, we suggest custom musician's earmolds. This option is available that can protect your ears from loud sounds without distortion.
Ask your South Shore Hearing Center audiologist about "in-ear monitors."  This option enhances the music experience no matter if you are a serious musician or just a music aficionado.