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Did you know that each day 5 million people worldwide go to work in an environment filled with damaging noise? According to research conducted by the National Institute of Health and Occupational Safety, 10 million Americans have a noise-induced hearing loss, and at least 22 million people in the United States are exposed to damaging noise in the workplace annually.

When the tiny hairs within the ear canal become permanently damaged, that is when a noise-induced hearing loss occurs. Once these hairs become damaged, they cannot regenerate, and the damage is permanent because they are responsible for picking up sound waves. However, it is essential to protect your hearing and ears when in noisy environments. There are there main types of hearing protection that people can wear to help reduce the risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss or the impact of noisy environments. They include:

1. Earplugs

Earplugs are moldable or preformed foam plugs that you can insert in your ear canal. They can be found in most grocery stores and drug stores and are available s disposable or reusable. Also, custom-molded earplugs are available and can be made by visiting a hearing healthcare professional or your audiologist.

2. Semi-insert Earplugs

Unlike regular earplugs, semi earplugs do not go entirely into the ear canal. Rigid headband connects the earplugs as they stay in place just over the ear canals. They do not always work for each person as they are not custom made.

3. Earmuffs

Earmuffs are made with soft ear cushions and sound-attenuating material that fits around the hard outer cup. And a headband holds them together. They are quite useful in protecting people from overexposure to loud noises and muffling sound out.

Conclusively, do not hesitate to consult your audiologist when trying to determine which ear protecting is suitable for you. The audiologist will be able to recommend the beat ear protection to keep your ears healthy

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