For many of the Gautengers now contending with the onset of winter, the concept of ear protection is unlikely to extend much further than thoughts of a thick woollen scarf or a beanie to keep those vulnerable, exposed appendages warm. In practice, however, there is a far more important reason to keep them covered up, and it has nothing to do with the weather. More prevalent today than at any other time in the past, and on the increase worldwide, that more important role is to protect the wearer from the risk of noise-induced hearing loss or NIHL.
Only Custom Ear Protection Can Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Effectively
Anyone who has attended a live rock concert or even stood in the lobby of a typical night club venue is likely to have found it near impossible to hold a conversation. Sadly, however, exposure to sounds at this sort of level is likely to prove far more than an inconvenient barrier to verbal interaction with others. It is almost certain that on at least one occasion such as this, the sound of the music was so loud that it caused you physical pain. However, there is seldom pain without some underlying damage, and so the probability is that, in the absence of custom ear protection, you would have experienced some degree of damage to certain specialised sensory cells located in the innermost regions of your ears.
The Importance of Adopting Hearing Conservation Measures in the Workplace
The ability to hear is a gift that has a tendency to remain largely unappreciated until it is lost. Sadly, however, our modern lifestyles are such that more and more individuals have been finding themselves prematurely robbed of this priceless ability. While hearing loss may simply be the consequence of advancing years, it is no longer Father Time who is the principal thief, but excessively loud noise, particularly but not exclusively, in the workplace. Although there may be a practical limit to what can be done to promote hearing conservation measures in the outside world, within the workplace, there is now legislation in place that is designed to protect employees from the ill-effects of prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise.