Every day, we experience noise in our environment, such as sounds from our household appliances, in traffic, at work and in recreation pursuits. Sometimes we hear some sounds at safe levels that do not affect our hearing, but when we expose ourselves to dangerous levels of noise and for dangerous periods of time, the sensitive structures in our inner ear can be damaged causing noise induced hearing loss.
Noise induced hearing loss is the second most common type of hearing loss only second to presbycusis (hearing loss associated with old age). Any age group may be affected by exposure to harmful levels of noise.
Hearsmart provides information, advice and solutions on all aspects of hearing conservation:-
- Safe and unsafe noise levels
- Potentially hazardous listening situations
- Suitable types of hearing protection
- What you can do to maintain healthy hearing