The most common cause of hearing loss is exposure to loud and/or prolonged noise. Sharp, loud explosive noise is damaging to your ears at every age. While age-related hearing loss has most often a combination of causes, loud noise exposure is almost always included.
For many decades, people have known that hearing protection is critical. Employers and environmental planners have joined to reduce noise problems; most states have hearing protection laws. Hearing protection products and training are now mandatory in many places.
Dr. Chris Lawson of Evergreen Audiology is an expert in hearing loss due to sound exposure, and in hearing protection. Dr. Lawson completed his Au.D. in the U.S. Army as an active duty audiologist stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD. He has extensive experience with hearing protection from very loud and concussive sound, like gunfire, cannon fire and explosives.
Solutions for hearing protection
One of the most important actions people can take to protect their hearing is to start young and have a protection program in place: earplugs, earmuff protectors and automatic volume reduction. People exposed to continuous loud sound, from musicians to machinists, need to comprehensively protect their hearing.
Products made from the newest materials have made hearing protection comfortable and customizable. Earplugs, in particular, are now made in shapes and styles for every ear and every activity: shooting and hunting, industrial shop working, music and motorsports, to name a few.
Earmuff type protectors are light and comfortable. Some people combine earplugs with earmuff. Our experts can recommend a hearing protection scheme for any environment.
Industrial hearing screening and classes
Dr. Lawson is also a certified Course Director for the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). Evergreen Audiology hosts classes in hearing conservation. Hearing damage is preventable and Evergreen Audiology is fully equipped to train personnel to protect their hearing and pass this along to their constituents.
OSHA, the defense department and most states have occupational hearing protection requirements. Dr. Lawson and his staff specialize in classes that address hearing conservation, testing and protection. Evergreen offers a full repertoire of hearing testing including mobile testing and hearing health education. These services are available for companies large and small.
Call Evergreen Audiology today for more information about hearing protection programs.