You never know when you are going to find yourself in a situation where exposure to loud noise is going to pose a threat to your hearing. It is generally recommended that you take steps to safeguard your hearing from prolonged exposure to noise levels of 85 decibels and above. For example, lawnmowers and shop tools generally register about 90 decibels, while chainsaws and drills reach 100 decibels, power saws reach 110 decibels, loud rock concerts regularly hit 115 decibels, race cars come in at 130 decibels, and fireworks/jet engine takeoffs measure 150 decibels. Fortunately, it only takes a pair of earplugs to protect your ears from these loud noises. Cary them in your purse, backpack, or briefcase.
P.S. Earplugs are extremely effective at blocking out the drone of jet engines (and crying babies) on long flights.
Ear plugs are small inserts that fit into the outer ear canal. To be effective, they must totally block the ear canal with an airtight seal. Ear plugs come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit each individual and can be custom made. For more information about hearing loss, or to schedule a hearing exam, please call EAR & HEARING CLINIC. As registered members of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario, we are among the highest qualified regulated hearing health care professionals in Canada. “Hear the Sound of Life.”