Do you live an active lifestyle?
So do I, along with your active lifestyle have you begun noticing hearing damage from your activities? What a coincidence, I have too? In this post, I would like to offer you 3 tips that you can apply to your life right now that will build in defenses against the horrid nightmare that is NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss). For those of you who are lucky to have not yet lost certain frequencies or your overall hearing profile overall, if you apply these to your life you can safeguard yourself against disasters. And for those of you who have lost your hearing, you can apply these and protect what you have left. So let’s get started!
1: DOWNLOAD A DOSIMETER APP: This is a simple action, if you go to the app store and type in dosimeter app, you can find a list of hundreds that all do the same thing, they measure the sound around you and give you feedback on how loud and how dangerous the environment you are in is. It also gives you immediate feedback regarding the amount of time you can be exposed to the sound levels you are at before permanent hearing damage occurs.
2: DO YOUR RESEARCH: granted that’s why you are here. However, I must insist that you dig around Google more, look at scientific studies regarding hearing loss and investigate all of the hearing protection options you have as well as become savvy with your understanding of decibels and how the world interacts with your hearing. The world of hearing loss and the science behind hearing protection can seem complicated on the surface, much like Wallstreet and traditional medicine. But if you have enough determination to stick to it, you will discover that creating positive hearing conservation habits for yourself or your team is relatively simple. You just have to push against the natural human tendency to just simply do nothing and let it fall to someone else…that is not cool, and it’s pretty darn lazy, so look in the mirror and ask yourself what your hearings worth to you. Click here for more information about motorcycle gear.
3: SPEAK UP: Last and most importantly is to speak up and have conversations with those in charge of implementing affirmative EHS safety programs regarding hearing protection in your workplace. This is where we have seen the latest safety standards in industrial facilities and most large stadiums and racetracks. There’s no one to honestly blame for this as its something that most people, including EHS professionals, have on the top of their priority lists. But not being a massive fan of excuses, this is not an acceptable one so what I recommend you do is to ask your human resource officer or your head of employee safety about your companies hearing conservation program or ask the stadium or track you are at about their protection program. You will get sideways looks but after having a civil conversation, ask them if they have earplugs available for you. (But remember to bring a backup because most places won’t have em) But asking these questions enough may spark a positive change in your community.
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