If you find yourself in high noise levels on a daily basis or even on an occasional basis, the use of noise protection products can be an effective method of maintaining good hearing and good physical and mental well being. Unprotected exposure to unsafe levels of sound will cause immediate discomfort, but more importantly, may result in permanent damage!
Many manufacturing and industrial workplaces produce unsafe noise levels, as do a lot of activities that we enjoy for recreation, such as sporting events, concerts, and even movie theatres.
Anyone who finds themselves regularly exposed to high noise levels should have their hearing tested regularly. At the time of your test, be sure to discuss your specific noise environment with your hearing health care professional. Recommendations can then be made regarding the need for protection and the specific kind of protection.
The loudness or intensity of sound is measured in decibels (dB). The human ear can detect very soft sounds - 0dB of intensity - and can tolerate sounds without pain up to 120dB. Above 120dB, pain is often experienced and brief exposure can injure an unprotected ear. For every 3dB of additional noise exposure, the amount of safe exposure time is cut in half.