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Hearing Loss: The Importance of Noise Prevention for Today’s Musicians and Marching Band Members

A Big Ear, Inc. White Paper Regarding the Risk and Reward of Hearing Protection For College Musicians and Marching Band Members

Introduction

Over 2 million students in the United States play in middle and high school bands. 300,000 of those students go on to play in college bands. Until recently, the noise levels that these students were exposed to went unnoticed as well as the repercussions associated with the resulting damage to their young ears.

Band instruments are handled with care and precision, and we believe your hearing should be treated as your most important instrument. Today’s marching band students face many risks when it comes to noise-induced hearing loss. In many cases excess exposure to every day decibels cause students to miss their cue, play the wrong note, or fail to notice that their tone is flat or sharp. Along with losing a scholarship due to being unable to perform, or having to give up music, the greater risk is the irreversible damage to their hearing. Noise-induced hearing loss, or NIHL, is irreversible. But the positive note is that it is entirely preventable.

In this document, we will cover the risks that college band members are taking without proper ear protection. We’ll cover the effects of being exposed to high decibel levels over time and look at the reward earned by protecting young ears with earplugs that will not compromise the sound quality of the music.

How your ear works?

When sound waves pass through the outer ear, they travel through the ear canal to the eardrum. The eardrum then vibrates with the incoming sound, sending vibrations to three tiny bones in the middle ear: the malleus, incus, and stapes bones. These bones amplify the vibrations and send them to the inner ear. Miniscule hair cells in the inner ear are activated and release neurochemical messengers to your brain. The auditory nerve carries the signal to the brain and translates it into a sound you can understand.

What is a decibel?

The sound is measured in decibels (dB). A decibel is the unit of sound used to express the length of a sound wave and measures the degree of loudness. Quiet conversations among 2-3 people are usually 40 to 50 decibels. A loud, noisy restaurant registers at 80-90 decibels, and in the case of a marching band, a typical rehearsal can range from 90 to 115 decibels. After 4-5 hours in loud environments measuring 80-90 decibels, damage to your ear begins. Industrial work environments experience occupational noise-induced hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud noise over an extended period.

Similarly, musicians damage their ears with loud practice environments, stadium noise, concert arenas, and heightened acoustic surroundings. The noise measurement in an average middle school and high school orchestra and band exceeds 110 decibels. In comparison, the threshold for pain is 120 decibels. Collegiate band programs fall in the 115-decibel range, and marching band can exceed 130 decibels daily.

These high decibel levels damage the ear every practice and performance. Take it a step further, and add in the stadium noise marching bands and pep bands play over, and the decibel levels increase.

We get many scornful and skeptical faces from students who believe that they are safe because they have been playing for many years and they have felt no substantial change in their hearing. The painful truth is that noise-induced hearing loss is cumulative. Damage to the ear depends on the duration and intensity of exposure as well as the intensity, or loudness, of the sound. Band students are susceptible to noise-induced hearing loss due to the long practice hours with loud instruments and exposure to high decibel levels.

Measured decibel levels in music

The measured decibel levels below represent individual instruments and the sound levels they produce. In a solo capacity, such as personal practice times in small enclosed practice rooms, damage to the ear begins after about 2-3 hours.

In a group capacity such as marching band, concert band, ensemble, and orchestra, the damage begins much earlier:

InstrumentAverage Sound Level
Violin75-85 dB
Flute85-111 dB
Clarinet92-103 dB
French Horn90-106 dB
Trombone85-114 dB
Tuba110-115 dB
Timpani/Bass Drum106-110 dB
InstrumentAverage Sound Level
Cello84-103 dB
Oboe90-94 dB
Saxophone110-115 dB
Mellophone92-112 dB
Trumpet/Cornet108-120 dB
Snare Drum100-115 dB
Cymbals118-121 dB
Standard Noise LevelDamage to ears exposure limit
Marching Band85-115 dB15-20 minutes
Concert Band85-100 dB1 hour 30 minutes
Orchestra/Symphony80-105 dB2 hours
Drumline90-110 dB10-20 minutes

According to a 2003 study performed at Duke University, sound levels measured both indoors and outdoors, with and without percussion showed students were exposed to noise that exceeds 100.

As a result of the study, Duke University band members are now required to wear earplugs.

How does overexposure to loud music affect college students?

Typically, college musicians begin college with eight years of musical experience and exposure to loud sounds. Practicing for at least one hour per day, 3-5 days per week in an environment that exceeds a safe noise level over stimulates the cochlea or inner ear. At the collegiate level, practice and performance time increases as does the performance frequency. Additionally, an event and arena environments, students are exposed to crowd noise and generally play louder to compensate.

Damage to the inner ear has already begun and increased frequency and loudness associated with an increase in practice and performance expected at the college level increase the damage to the ear’s hair cells.

What is noise-induced hearing loss?

Noise-induced hearing loss, or NIHL, is described as an impairment to one’s hearing as a result of exposure to loud sound. Its symptoms range from a loss of sound frequency range to a change in perception of noise and sound, tinnitus, sound sensitivity, and total loss of sound.

NIHL can occur from repeated exposure to loud sounds, as well as short exposure to loud noises. The damage occurs over time affecting the hearing hair cells, or stereocilia. These cells do not regenerate causing permanent damage to the ear. When the stereocilia are damaged, suffers report distorted sounds, muffled noises, ringing in the ears, difficulty hearing in crowds and difficulty hearing on phone conversations.

The risk and effects of noise-induced hearing loss in musicians

The most challenging issue regarding noise-induced hearing loss is the lack of immediate symptoms. NIHL gradually affects the ability to hear. Symptoms and side-effects are not recognized typically until years later. However, studies show that a loss of hearing leads to an increase in the chances of illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

In the immediate present, damage to one’s ear due to loud noises can impact a college musician both physiologically and psychologically causing:

  • The ears’ hair cells (stereocilia) to be bent or broken permanently
  • Sound to seem dampened/muffled causing musicians to play sharp/flat
  • Missed cues
  • Depression from losing a scholarship or not passing
  • The trouble with social interactions leading to situations of social isolation
  • Tinnitus
  • Loss of cognitive focus
  • Drop in grades

OSHA Noise Regulations (Standard 1910.95(b) (1))requires employers to monitor sound if it equals or exceeds 85 decibels and provide individuals with protective equipment such as earplugs or noise-canceling earphones when employees are exposed to noise levels.

Permissible Noise Exposures OSHA Standards 1910.95(B)(2)

Table G-16

Duration per day (hours)Sound level (dBA slow response)
890
692
495
397
2100
1.5102
1105

The numbers in the table above are designed for industrial and occupational employers and employees subjected to loud machinery and noises. Yet, if you look at the permissible exposure times and decibel levels and compare them with the time and sound levels in a college band environment, you’ll notice that most often, students are exposed to noises 100 dB and above for over 2 hours at a time, exceeding the daily noise exposure limits. Without standard regulations in place for musicians, noise-induced hearing loss reported by patients who are musicians will continue to increase.

How to prevent noise-induced hearing loss?

The only way to cure NIHL is to prevent it. College band members can prevent noise-induced hearing loss by taking preventive measures such as requiring earplugs. Until recently, this was an unacceptable solution as the market only consisted of foam earplugs or generic silicone earplugs that fit poorly, canceled too much sound, dampened intonation, and distorted sound. As such, musicians neglected to protect their hearing.

To combat these issues, Big Ear, Inc. developed The ONE® and they are custom-built Hearing Protection which:

  • Are custom-fit to the individual’s ear for protection and comfort
  • Acclimate musicians to the use of earplugs.
  • Are designed to attenuate across all sound frequencies
  • Have a dual filter system
  • Are constructed with soft-fit material
  • Come with three restriction orifices to gradually train the ear to the earplug, thus eliminating muffled sounds and distorted tones.
  • Come with a removable pop-cord

The ONE® is the only product currently on the market designed to allow the musician to hear both themselves and others in a clear manner without limiting spatial awareness.

How The ONE® works?

The ONE® trains the ear to adapt to earplugs. The two-filter system consists of a nonlinear filter system and an interchangeable filter. The three interchangeable orifices allow the user to reduce the sound they hear. The filters are designed to adapt to the student’s practice and performance environment reducing noise levels by 9 dB, 15 dB, 20dB, and 25 dB.

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A removable pop cord can pop in and out while you’re training on the field. The noise reducing plugs give you a scalable solution to train your ears to a manageable decibel level until you graduate to the smooth continuation filter.

The ONE® has multiple mini-orifices that the user can gradually add to the non-linear filter. Each time a plug is inserted, the sound is reduced. This action trains the ear to earplugs, removing distortion and spacial awareness problems. By training the ear, the individual eliminates the traditional problems associated with generic, non-customized earplugs. Sounds, notes, and tones remain as clear as they were without the earplugs, but at a lower decibel level and without the risk of damage to the stereocilia.

Who uses The ONE®?

  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Delaware
  • Newberry College
  • Michigan State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Nebraska
  • College Band Directors National Association
  • Many, many others.

The reward for wearing earplugs

The benefits for musicians who wear earplugs span their entire lifetime.

Some of the rewards include:

  • A noise-induced hearing loss is prevented
  • Hearing impairment conditions are reduced
  • Harmful sound frequencies are filtered out without jeopardizing the quality
  • Scholarships and chair placements are not at risk
  • Can be worn with marching band hats or headgear comfortably

Conclusion

Extensive research has shown conclusive evidence that injuries sustained in contact sports causes irreversible brain damage. As a result, policies have been put in place to protect students and players. Why have we stopped there? If the lid has been cracked on the damage that young men and women are being exposed to without their consent, in what other areas are they being injured?

Until recently, little was known about noise-induced hearing loss and while the ignorance excuse may work for a few more years, don’t wait for more evidence of NIHL to protect your hearing. As a musician, it is your most important instrument. Wearing earplugs protects ears from irreversible damage and associated health complications later on in life.

Best earplugs for musicians retain spatial awareness at reduced decibel levels and offer a comfortable fit for maximum hearing protection.

Bibliography

  • United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Regulations (Standards-29 CFR), Subpart D-Occupational Health and Environmental Controls, 1910.95 (a). Web. Accessed August 3, 2017.
  • United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Regulations (Standards-29 CFR), Subpart D-Occupational health and Environmental Controls, 1910.95 (b). Web. Accessed August 3, 2017.
  • Beltone. Hearing Loss is Now Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, n.d. Web. Accessed August 3, 2017.
  • Cohen, Joyce. Marching band—A Threat to Hearing? USA Today, October 17, 2007.
  • What is Hearing Loss? How Do We Hear? Your Medical Source, Health Information Publications. Web. Accessed August 2, 2017.
  • Keefe, Joseph. Noise Exposure Associated with Marching and Pep Bands. Duke University. n.d. Web. Accessed August 3, 2017.

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Best Ear plugs for Sleeping

Now that we’re adults it becomes increasingly difficult to Sleep through the night and get a great nights rest, between the normal stresses of family, bills, work, and the ever impending clock of life ticking away our years, there are only a small handful of ways in which we can disengage and take our attention away from the things that trouble us and find time for peace. Some of us choose meditation, some choose movies and t.v, and others select reading or painting.

Myself I choose sleep, and when I get a goods nights sleep I am able to allow my subconscious mind free. And over the years I have dedicated myself to finding the most comfortable ways to sleep. In my efforts to have the best nights rest possible I am willing to try almost anything. From eye masks to scented oils, darkened windows and melatonin.

Best Custom Sleeping Earplugs

My ambition to find the perfect rest is something I take seriously, I was looking for the best earplugs for sleeping. It wasn’t until 2004 when I began to wear Custom sleeping earplugs that I entered into a truly deep and restful sleep. This was around the time when I began my company Big Ear, and I entered into the world of making custom earplugs and custom stereo ear plugs, and over the last 15 years I have dedicated myself to creating the greatest products on the planet for personal hearing protection, and I want to share with you why I believe that you too can benefit from wearing custom earplugs for sleeping.

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Why Custom Ear Plugs Are a Must

  1. The Fit: When it only takes a second to put custom earplugs in your ears. By just a twist and they slip smoothly down your ear canal, and they’re in. You will love the fit and feel, and the quality is unmatched by any kind of generic solution on the market today.
  2. The Seal: When you enjoy your Custom EarPlugs in, you get to chose how you sleep. You can sleep on your back, Roll over and switch to your left side, Then flip over on your right side, it does not matter, and they will not fall out. While moving your face across the pillow, they don’t move, shift or fall out.
  3. No Ear Fatigue:  When your traveling you can take a cat nap at the airport, or while Sleeping at a hotel, in a tent, or trying to catch a few quick winks or even want to sleep the weekend away, you get to wear them for as long as you like as they are made entirely for you. Because they are custom, your earplug is in your ear canal and seals perfectly, and custom made just for you, they don’t move or slip.
  4. Consistency: After you use them for a few days you adjust to how quiet it becomes and your mind learns to wind down quickly. Put in your Custom Sleeping Ear Plugs then close your eyes, and then you drift right off to sleep. Because they are custom, it is the same each and every time. It never changes because one is in farther than the other, they won’t pop out, and you can have your head flat on the pillow.
  5. Longevity: When they are made just for you they are designed for durability of  5 to 7 years of daily use. They do not trying to get back to a generic shape and are not expanding in your head, and not poking you, or jamming in on the pillow.
  6. Savings: When you look at the initial investment, you will see that you pay one time and you’re done. They are always there for you and no more finally drifting off to sleep,  to be awakened because one fell out and you have to find it and try and get it back in. No more trying to place your head just right so not to cause pain and then they pull out.
  7. Limited Over Protection: One of the main benefits of custom sleeping earplugs is the constant sound reduction and what you will receive is in the 30dB range. One other consideration is your personal hearing loss as to what the actually perceived sound reduction is, you will still hear your dog bark, the maid at the door, and other essential sounds that you must hear. If you’re already using any earplugs, you will understand what wearing earplugs sound like, if you are not familiar with wearing ear plugs there is a break in time of about one week for your brain and body to adjust to the amazing peace.
  8. Convenience: When you wear earplugs to bed nothing is worse than having spent 5 to 10 minutes rolling up an earplug and jamming it in your head and hoping that the seal will be tight and even for both ears. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it’s not, so you have to restart, and by the time you get both out, you’ve dropped one on the floor, and the other is lost in the sheets. With custom earplugs, you just open the case twist or slide in your earplugs and lay back on your pillow and fall into a deep and restful sleep. This is why custom earplugs are the best earplug for sleeping.
  9. Warranty: Our custom sleeping earplugs are the best earplugs for sleeping and come with either a 12-month warranty or a 36-month warranty, depending on the custom sleeping ear plugs that you choose. Learn more about our warranty details here.

Who need earplugs?

Who Should Wear Ear Plugs?

The politically correct answer is everybody, but in reality, we understand that not everyone has the tolerance to Wear Ear Plugs or in-ear music devices and we are okay with that.

For those who are active users of earplugs or are considering using them, the best way to convey the serious nature of protecting your ears is paramount.

If you ride motorcycles, work in loud environments, are a frequent concert goer, perform in a band, shoot weapons, or a myriad of other lifestyle choices, you can only benefit by wearing a form of hearing protection while you partake in any of these activities.

But the question arises, “Why should I wear ear plugs?”

The answer is not always straightforward.

If you analyze what we are as a species and how our thought processes work you can enlighten yourself on why so many of us suffer from fully preventable damage to our ears.

The disconnect in our perception of hearing damage

From our distant ancestors up to our current forms, we naturally understand immediacy and it is in our nature to understand that things such as broken bones, cuts and other forms of degradation that produce the immediate result of blood, pain, or death.

These experiences are in our brains translate into lessons learned and ultimately changed habits that reduce the risk of having those negative consequences happen again. However, we are not always the most responsible with factors that contribute to the long-term degradation of our bodies and do not register immediately.

How Hearing Damage Occurs

Hearing damage, and the consequences that arise from a lifetime of poor hearing protection arise just like the habits that lead to cardiovascular disease, obesity or fatty livers.

The damage comes from a lack of attention and either inaction on the part of the individual even after receiving warnings or due in part to total ignorance of the consequences of one’s actions.

As in every aspect of human life, we must take hold of our habits and build positive habits into our lifestyles. Just being on this site and reading these words is the first step, what follows is up to you whether you choose to make hearing conservation a consistent part of your life or not lies in your hands.

Who Should Not Wear Ear Plugs?

As much as we would love to say that custom earplugs are for everybody, the truth is they are not.

We are constantly faced with individuals who cannot wear earplugs due to sensitivity in the ear or just simply do not want to have anything in their ears while living their lives and taking part in activities that cause hearing damage and we understand.

From experience, we find that our most fulfilled customers are those who do their research and take the time to educate themselves on hearing conservation and make the decision to purchase a set of earplugs or stereo earplugs based on their findings.

On the flip side, we find that our most dissatisfied customers are those who either were forced by friends or family to purchase a set.

As a result, they may have won the ear plugs in raffles or drawings and we have concluded that hearing health and conservation is not something that can be forced, it is a long process to fully integrate into the habit of protecting oneself.

We ourselves struggle at times to be perfect with our protection. However, as is understood in psychology, recognition of the problem is the first step to resolving the issue and we have dedicated our life work to recognizing and eliminating the devastating effects of noise-induced hearing loss.

How to chose the right earplugs.

I just read this latest article about Daniel Derricutt, 24 from the UK who claimed his Bose Earphones caused Tinnitus, and this caused his suicide. How to Prevent Tinnitus, and how really bad is this?

How can Tinnitus Cause Suicide?

In the US, it is tough to get real data and stories as so much is covered up and never published, but I would like to thank his family for maybe helping others who will wake up or have an event (Called Tinnitus), that is a life changer for good. Check the full story here.

Tinnitus

More Tinnitus Stories:

I was going along, and life was great, and then it happened.

I took medication, and the next day, I awoke with someone blowing a high pitched whistle in my head.  Make it go away!!!!! (Sam H)

I went to the orchestra, and it was a fantastic evening but seemed extra loud tonight, I heard a pop and then the screaming ringing started, “Oh my god what has just happened,” I can’t sleep, can’t go to work my life is totally different. (Betty G)

The playoff football game was amazing, “We won state!”

The trumpet player behind me blasted his horn in my ear, and something cracked badly, and now I have a sound of some kind of super loud crickets or locust in my head, It’s not in my ear, it in my head. It’s not fun being a Cheerleader now. The noise won’t stop what am I going to do? I’m a senior and got a scholarship to Cheer in college, and now I can’t stand the noise from the band any longer. (Ginger A)

My Tinnitus Story:

I have heard stories like this over the last 15 years, and I understand as one day in November 1987 as a 275 lb bodybuilder. I had a little bit of a rash from the gym, and a pharmaceutical rep friend of mine said he had the perfect cure. It was a new antibiotic called Floxin, and it surely would take care of this rash and anything else I might have. So I got a prescription for it, and wow did I feel better in about three days. Rash was clearing up, and even helped a bronchitis issue that I was having. About the 4th day in that’s when it happened.

I was in my office listing to the radio, and I heard an audible crack, and all of a sudden, a super high pitch sound started. Are you kidding me? What the hell is this?

I can’t think, my stomach felt ill as I could not shake it and me in superhuman shape, now a disabled person that no one can see. I can’t stand loud noises; conservations are harder to hear as I have to listen over the sound of this screaming in my head. It was not in my ear; it was in the front temple area of my head.

I tried everything I could read about and get my hand’s on. I can tell you that so many nights I would lay in bed and the sound was unbearable.

Researching Tinnitus:

We did not have Google back then, and it was tough to find information about tinnitus, (still not in a better spot today.)

Here is some of the research if you are starting this personal nightmare that you will have to cope with or endure.

It is described by some as screeching, by others the call of cicadas, or the millions of variations that Tinnitus can take form. At the same time, the condition itself is unpleasant and unfortunate for those who must live productive and happy lives while coping with it. Some patients turn to antidepressants and doctor-prescribed medications. See here for the complete list (Mayo Clinic). Others seek to find a holistic approach to curing their tinnitus (Tinnitus Advisor).

Many others choose to live with the pain and find ways to cope and live long and fulfilled lives supplemented by relaxation therapy, meditation, sound therapy.

Oh, the many tinnitus support groups that meet on a regular basis who work to alleviate the social anxiety of the disorder and help sufferers feel that they are not alone. But as a 31-year sufferer of the condition, I can say that living with this unbearable noise in my head is something not to be taken lightly.

I would be doing a disservice to those who are at risk of suffering from this terrible disease if I did not list precautionary measures to take during your everyday lives. I have put together a list of habits and actions that anyone who believes they are at risk for tinnitus can follow to ensure that they do not live a life of pain and just learn how to prevent Tinnitus.

Habit 1: How to Prevent Tinnitus

The most obvious way to prevent tinnitus from occurring is by simply wearing tinnitus earplugs while at concerts, at work(even if you do work in an office building) or anywhere in your life where decibel levels cause you discomfort. Wearing hearing protection does come with a stigma it does, and as the owner of a concert earplugs and hearing conservation company for 15 years, I can say that there is a perception that those who choose to wear earplugs are weaker than others.

This is not true! Taking the measures to protect your hearing, even if it does mean hearing it from your buddies or getting sideways looks from strangers. These measures will set an example in your small community and just like measures of influencers interacting to cause sweeping societal change.

The act of you wearing hearing protection as a single person will have an impact on your community and may cause others to do the same. But You’ll never know if you don’t try.

Habit 2: Use a Sound Meter (Dosimeter)

What once was a gigantic probe looking button that could be confused for a phaser weapon from Star Trek has been downsized into an app. We all have access to the knowledge of the noise around us, and it is one download away. Here is a resource for some of the best apps that will turn your iPhone into a proper dosimeter. (Best Dosimeter Apps).

What the sound level meter will do is allow you to get your mind around the levels that you are subjected to on a daily basis. Whether it be your daily commute on the train, bus, cab, or car, the sound level in your workplace, or just the noise level at your local park. Understanding the levels that you’re subjected to every day will free your mind from the unknown. After writing this, it sounds like analyzing sound levels and wearing earplugs means you are only a few more steps from hunkering down in a bunker and eating rationed food on How to Prevent Tinnitus.

However, if you can keep this proportionate and only measure the areas that you feel are at risk for you and your loved ones, you can keep from becoming paranoid and putting tin foil on your head to keep the government from probing your mind.

We uncovered the power of these meters when attending college marching band rehearsals and DCI (Drum core International) workshops to analyze the absurd decibel levels that students aged 16 to 25 are subjected to on a daily basis.

The sound meters on our phones tracked saved and allowed us to review the doses that these students experienced and gave us accurate readings that showcased the need for protection in these loud environments and moved us closer to a deeper understanding of the way in which decibels affect musicians.

Dosimeters are a great tool to have on hand and will only work to improve your knowledge of the world around you and how noise is affecting you on a daily basis. This leads us to the next step in preventing tinnitus.

Habit 3: Educate Yourself About How to Prevent Tinnitus

Just like flipping open your phone to check your daily new source each morning or crinkling the newspaper at the breakfast table.

Read up on the happenings in the world, and there are hundreds of excellent resources to learn from in the realm of hearing conservation that will begin to educate you on the topic of hearing health. Listed here are a few of the best for How to Prevent Tinnitus. (Hearing Health Center)(Science Daily)

Just like any other area of life, the only way to get better is to educate yourself and apply that knowledge to everyday habits.

What these resources will allow you to do that as they are on the cutting edge of hearing conservation research.  They consistently update their sites with an in-depth and scientifically backed study that is continuously furthering human understanding of how our hearing interacts with the world.

Plus, the factors that determine our quality of hearing as we progress through the stages of our lives, including brain health, diet, and mental health. These resources will not only provide you with scientific studies and information and How to Prevent Tinnitus.

It will also equip you with actionable steps to take to prolong your hearing health and improve the quality of your life. As you educate yourself, find the things that work for you and disregard the rest, as we know, most things are subjective.

I do not consider the expert’s opinion to be the only way to solve your personal hearing protection issue. Now, this leads to my fourth and final suggestion

Habit 4: Plan ahead plan for health

In your life, habits are formed and then set in place after taking in all the factors.

As we all know about taking care of our health against the significant preventable diseases, including diabetes and certain cardiovascular diseases as well as liver and lung health, we can as humans take these positive steps forward to prevent our ears from being damaged, which leads to tinnitus and other ear-related diseases.

Taking healthy and positive steps forward to prevent these related diseases puts a barrier between yourself and a life of discomfort. Incorporating these habits relayed above into your daily life will provide you with the freedom to choose your destiny.

If you decide to monitor your surroundings, wear hearing protection and continue to further your understanding of how the human ear and how your overall human chemistry interacts with the environments that you spend the majority of your time in, you will empower yourself to have a happier and healthier life.

How to Prevent Tinnitus and how to find the right earplug

When we expose our Kids to any dangerous situations, we need to protect them, that only makes sense, Correct? Do we need earplugs for kids? I recently saw an article that described how heavy metal music is a torture method at Guantanamo Bay but that it has since banned as inhumane. It seems that inducing permanent hearing loss is not an acceptable method for interrogation.

Earplugs Hearing Protection for Kids

Are earplugs for kids necessary because there young and sturdy and will heal?

Then my mind switched to an image ingrained in my mind. I was at a Heavy Metal concert with my son. A man was making his way up through the crowd of people and while he had his earplugs in his kids were utterly unprotected!

How can we protect against potential terrorists and yet expose our children to noise that will permanently damage their hearing by not using just a simple earplug?

Our Kids need earplugs. We must educate them when they’re young, so it’s just what you do.

Rember, when you would get, laugh off the block if you wore a bicycle helmet? Now nearly everyone who gets’s on a bicycle puts on a helmet.

How about this new one, FOOTBALL! Kid’s were told to suck it up and get back in there. (this is still a sensitive subject) so we will revisit this one in 20 years.

Seat belts, Really?

My dad would buy 2-3 new cars a year. The first thing we did was to get under the seat and pull the seat belt down through the hole. This way we did not have to sit on it. Then the scandal that if you were wearing a belt buckle. The buckle could hit the seat belt buckle and pop it off. Boy, a lot has changed. Now it’s a significant revenue source for cities.

Those of you that know me understand the passion that I have to eliminate noise-induced hearing loss in children over the next several years. We at Big Ear are developing a strategy that could have a significant impact over the next five years. I’ll be providing updates here as more details become available.

Swimming Earplugs by Big Ear

Here is a great review I just received regarding our new Custom Aqua1 Stereo EarPlug and are Swimming Audio Earplugs.

If you were considering purchasing a pair of swimming audio earplugs, check this out:

Hello,

Thought I would give you a review on my new Big Ear Swimming Audio Earplugs and after 6 weeks of use, I can safely say these are by far the best swim audio plugs I have ever used and I have been through a lot of different audio earplugs. Your custom earplugs are extremely clear with great sound stage for an underwater ear plug. I have been asked if they are worth the money. I can unequivocally say yes. Additionally they stay in place during flip turns, and after you put them in you don’t need to adjust them. This is paramount when you are trying to do 45 mins to an hour of uninterrupted swimming.
Again great job!

Best regards,
David S.

If you spend extended time in the pool or in any water related sport, this will be a perfect enhancement. Give me a call to get more information 719-271-9081.

Our hearing is a huge blessing, a tremendous gift. Unfortunately, in this busy era of technology and modernism, we often forget to take care of our little blessings until they are taken away from us. We have found that Hearing Loss In Factory Workers is at an all-time high now.

Can you imagine a life without listening to your favorite songs? Or being unable to talk to your best friend, family, or even the person sitting next to you? Waking up in the morning and missing out on the sounds of nature? The melodious chirping of birds?

Hearing Loss in Factory WorkersHearing Loss In Factory Workers

Researchers revealed that approximately 22 million US workers are exposed to dangerous levels of sound at their workplace, and 9 million factory workers are exposed to ototoxic chemicals every year, further damaging their hearing.

Do you know what that means? If you are regularly exposed to sound levels greater than 85 decibels for prolonged periods of time, you can be among the 22 million people suffering from hearing damage in the workplace. Under most circumstances, a noise-induced hearing loss is the single most preventable cause of deafness.

According to the latest research, a hearing loss prevalence of 42% was found among industrial workers exposed to high levels of sound in their work environment. However, this prevalence was much lower in the group of workers using protection devices, directly proportional to the worker’s compliance to use the device.

If you or your staff are experiencing any of the following signs, you should strongly consider taking the necessary.

Precautions to prevent further hearing damage:

  • Ringing or buzzing in ears
  • Fullness in ears when leaving work
  • Difficulty in an understanding of day to day conversations
  • Difficulty in hearing the TV at normal volume

These signs signify that the hair cells in your inner ear are no longer in their perfect, healthy state. Unfortunately, these tiny cells are key components in the process. Consistently wearing hearing protection aids such as earmuffs and earplugs while working in a high sound zone can make a substantial difference in preserving your health. Big Ear Inc is proud to be among the pioneers helping ensure hearing health for everyone.

Big Ear Inc earplugs are custom-made, keeping in mind the individual anatomic variations. The industrial earplugs are designed specifically for industrial workers, not only attenuate the sound to +/- 27 ~ 32 dB, they can also incorporate special communication options, such as connection to surveillance radios.

Custom-fit earplugs designed specifically for your ears can protect you from the industrial hazards of exposing yourself to loud sounds.

All you need to do is call us at 719-271-9081, and our professional technicians and regional providers will take a set of impressions of your ears, absolutely free of cost. From there you can choose from any product in our wide range of custom-fit hearing devices.

Preventing Hearing Loss In Factory Workers is a sound investment.

Give your ears a rest TODAY with Big Ear Inc.