Chainsaw, Rock Concert
Personal stereo system at maximum level
Wood shop, Snowmobile
Heavy city traffic
Protect Your Ears. Wear Ear
Regular exposure of more than 1 minute risks permanent
100 Decibels: No
more than 15 minutes unprotected exposure recommended.
Decibels: Prolonged exposure to any noise above
85 decibels can cause gradual hearing loss.
Solutions to hearing loss:
electronic device that amplifies and changes sound to allow
for improved communication. Hearing aids receive sound
through a microphone, which then converts the sound waves to
electrical signals. The amplifier increases the loudness of
the signals and then sends the sound to the ear through a
Any type of device that improves function in day-to-day communication
situations. They work by improving the signal-to-noise ratio
and include devices such as personal amplifiers, Fm systems,
TV sets, or telephone amplifiers.
Implants: A device, which is
surgically implanted into the mastoid and inner ear that is
designed to provide sound to a patient with a profound
hearing loss through a processor and external coil. Signals
generated by the implant are sent by way of the auditory
nerve to the brain, which recognizes the signals as sound.
- Avoid excessive exposure to
- Wear hearing protection, such as
earplugs, when excessive noise is unavoidable.
- Discuss concerns about
medications with your doctor and take medications only
a doctor if you experience persistent ringing in the
ears or sudden hearing loss.
- Protect yourself from head injury
by wearing a helmet while bicycling and buckling-up in
- Don't put anything smaller than
your elbow in your ear canal…and that includes Q-tips
and cotton swabs.
the risk of ear infections by treating upper respiratory
tract infections promptly.
- Avoid swimming in dirty water and
dry your ears after swimming or bathing.
- Excessive Loud Noise-
Damage is caused by damage to the
ear’s hair cells.
drugs and chemicals –
Damage is caused when certain chemicals and drugs are
taken over long periods of time.
– Damage is caused by chromic ear infections and by some
diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella and meningitis
(which we receive vaccines for).
– Damage is caused by perforation of the eardrum, head
injury or large changes in air pressure.
body language, and lip patterns instead of
sound to convey meaning. It simultaneously combines the shape, orientation and
movement of the
to express a speaker's
American Sign Language (ASL) is the dominant
sign language used in The United States and in
To learn basic sign language, visit
The Hearing centre Online
National Association of the Deaf
Why can I hear ringing my ears after I am exposed to loud
Ringing in the ears after exposure to loud noise is a
warning sign that your ears have been overloaded. Prolonged
ringing in the ears is called tinnitus and should be
evaluated by your doctor or audiologist.
Can only noises loud enough to cause an
earache capable of causing damage?
NO!! The inner ear can still be damaged by noise without
causing you to feel any pain.
Where can I get information or treatment for hearing loss?
You can see your doctor, and audiologist, or an ear, nose
and throat specialist.
do I do if I am exposed to loud noise at work?
See your health and safety manager immediately and have them
evaluate the situation. If you are still bothered by the
noise, ask for personal hearing protection such as earplugs.
Q-How can you tell if a sound level is too high?
you have to shout when you are next to someone, or if you
have to shout into the person's ear in order to be
understood then the sound level is probably too loud.
Who is eligible to receive a cochlear implant?
Children and adults who are deaf or severely
Adults who have lost all or most of their hearing later in
life often can benefit from cochlear implants. They learn to
associate the signal provided by an implant with sounds they
remember. Cochlear implants, coupled with intensive post
implantation therapy, can help young children to acquire
speech, language, and social skills.