Common Sources of Dangerous Noise
How can you tell when a noise is too loud? Sometimes, you react instinctively to extremely loud noises, but there are certain decibels that we experience daily that can damage our hearing. It's all about the numbers of decibels that you encounter.
Hearing damage can occur if you are exposed for long periods to harmful levels above 85 dB. Everyday conversations are around 60 dB. For sounds above 120 dB, irreversible harm can be caused by even a single exposure.
dB exposure + duration = Hearing Loss
- Lawnmowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, hair dryers and industrial vehicles all produce around 100dB of noise. Continuous exposure for many hours to these sounds will lead to an irreversible loss of hearing.
- Attending concerts or our wonderful festivals exposes you to decibel levels ranging from 120 to 140. In the Superdome on Saints game day can produce decibel levels of 110 to 120. All it takes to damage your hearing is a minute or less of exposure!
Hearing loss caused by noise is incurable. If you can't reduce your sensitivity to the noise by turning the volume down, then you can protect your hearing by moving away from the sound or reducing the amount of time you are exposed. The best choice is to invest in hearing protection. Crescent City Hearing is proud to partner with Soundgear to offer a variety of options for hearing protection.
Standard Ear Protection
To protect against hearing loss in conditions with potentially dangerous noise levels, it's essential to wear ear protection. We offer standard earplugs with a noise reduction rating (NRR) that determines the decibels (dB) or sound intensity by which sound levels are decreased. The standard ear protection has up to 25dB noise reduction rating. These can be used in a variety of noise settings.
Custom Hearing Protection Options
If you are routinely exposed to high sound levels, we recommend you use our personalized ear protection. These are molded to fit your ears precisely, shielding them from unsafe sound levels. The solid ear protection has a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 29dB. Custom molded ear protection is recommended for sports enthusiasts who attend live sporting events, such as Saints games or Monster Truck shows, where high levels of sound are emitted. They are also recommended anywhere noisy machinery is used, such as in the oil and gas industry, shipping industry, construction sites or when hunting.
Filtered Hearing Protection for Musicians
Professional musicians are almost four times more likely to lose their hearing and 57% more likely to experience tinnitus (continuous ringing in the ears, a report in the peer-reviewed journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine concluded. Musician’s earplugs suppress noise while preserving the integrity of the original sound. There are different filter sizes, based on a musician’s needs, to allow more or less sound to be filtered through. These are also perfect for people who are music lovers who enjoy the availability of live music while also protecting themselves from potential damage to their hearing.
A client Catherine S., who plays in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra said, “Thanks to my new musician earplugs I’m able to concentrate on my craft without worrying about damaging my hearing. The staff were knowledgeable and helpful. I couldn’t be happier with this product.”
Electronic/Rechargeable Custom Hearing Protection
These custom devices are ideal for hunters because they offer a noise reduction rating of up to 25 dB, amplification of 30 dB to allow you to still hear animal sounds, and immediate suppression at 90dB from a gunshot. Soundgear’s PHANTOM is a remarkable option that also offers rechargeability and Bluetooth capability in addition to the noise suppression.
Custom Earplugs for Sleeping
There are even custom earplugs can be used by individuals for a good night's sleep if they live in incredibly noisy places – or sleep next to a snoring partner!