Prevention is better than cure!
Exposure to excessive noise can damage hearing, and it is important to understand the effects of this kind of noise, particularly because such exposure is avoidable.
The ear has three main parts: the outer, middle, and inner ear. The outer ear (the part you can see) opens into the ear canal. The eardrum separates the ear canal from the middle ear. Small bones in the middle ear help transfer sound vibrations to the inner ear. Here, the vibrations become nerve impulses, which the brain interprets as music, a slamming door, a voice, and so on.
When noise is too loud, it begins to kill the nerve endings or outer hair cells in the inner ear. Prolonged exposure to loud noise destroys nerve endings. As the number of nerve endings decreases, so does your hearing. There is no way to restore life to dead nerve endings; the damage is permanent. The longer you are exposed to a loud noise, the more damaging it may be. Also, the closer you are to the source of intense noise, the more damaging it is.
Wear hearing protectors, especially if you must work in an excessively noisy environment. You should also wear them when using power tools, noisy yard equipment, when shooting firearms, or riding a motorcycle.
Our practice provides a variety of custom made earplugs that are small inserts that fit into the outer ear canal. They must be sealed snugly so the entire circumference of the ear canal is blocked. An improperly fitted, dirty, or worn-out plug may not seal properly and can result in irritation of the ear canal. Plugs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit individual ear canals and can be custom-made.
Just as sunglasses help vision in very bright light, so hearing protectors enhance speech understanding in very noisy places. Even in a quiet setting, a normal-hearing person wearing hearing protectors should be able to understand a regular conversation.
Hearing protectors do slightly reduce the ability of those with damaged hearing or poor comprehension of language to understand normal conversation. However, it is essential that persons with impaired hearing wear hearing protection to prevent further inner ear damage in very noisy places.
I just want to say a very big thank you for all your efforts to ensure that I received both my hearing aids without any effort on my side, via GEMS. I am sure that if I had tried this on my own, it would have led to much frustration. Your kindness and support is greatly appreciated. You really do a wonderful job and it is noticed!— Addy Harris
Baie, baie dankie vir die skitterende proffessionele verslag wat jy deurgestuur het. Dankie vir die empatie, en dat jy ‘n stukkie pad saam met my gaan loop.
My filosofie was nog altyd : as ek weet wat verkeed is kan ek aangaan en it begin hanteer; dis juis jou earlike kommentaar m.b.t die agteruitgang wat getref het.
Trane het geloop maar dit gaan al heelwat beter. Daar is nog soveel om voor dankbaar te wees; en dit sluit jou empatie in.
Ons gesels weer.— Joekie