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Tips for protecting your hearing during the festivities.

December 14, 2018

Its that time of the year again. 

As a Hearing Conservation company we wanted to provide you with a few tips for protecting your hearing during the festivities:

  • Try to reduce as much background noise as possible. If you are having a conversation with a small group of people in a larger party, try to break off into a smaller section of the room that may not be as loud. Choose the calmest section of a restaurant or party to socialize in.
  • Sit in the center of the dinner table so you are close to people all around you. If you sit at the end of a long table, your chances of hearing the folks at the end of the table are minimal.
  • Try to keep good lighting to facilitate your ability to rely on facial cues to help fill in the blanks when you mishear something. We all lipread a bit. 
  • If the music is too loud at a party – as it often is – don’t hesitate to ask for the volume to reduced slightly or pull out your reliable dB Blockers to block some of that unwanted noise. 

You shouldn’t have to think about hearing over the holidays, however, if you find yourself constantly working hard to hear, or relying heavily on the tips above, it is time to have a hearing test. Contact us and we can help you protect your ears! 

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Happy Holidays!

Why you should choose a ISO 9001 provider for your Hearing Conservation Plan

December 11, 2018

An effective occupational Hearing Conservation Plan (HCP) preserves and protects the hearing of employees who work in manufacturing, farms, mines, military bases and other noisy workplaces. An HCP also gives employees the knowledge they need to protect themselves from nonoccupational noise exposure. Since most HCP consists of Noise measurement, Noise control, Audiometric testing, Employee education/ training, and hearing protection we encourage most organizations to choose a provider who is ISO 9001 certified. Why? 

What is ISO 9001

iso ISO 9001 is a comprehensive management system standard. ISO 9001 is maintained by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization and is administered by independent accreditation and certification bodies.

Some of the requirements in ISO 9001 include:

• A set of procedures that cover all key processes in the business
• Monitoring processes to ensure they are effective
• Keeping adequate records
• Checking output for defects, with appropriate and corrective action where necessary
• Regularly reviewing individual processes and the quality system itself for effectiveness
• Facilitating continual improvement

 

Why choosing an ISO 9001 provider is a good idea?

The benefits of ISO 9001 are not overstated; companies large and small have gained great benefits from using this standard by discovering cost and efficiency savings. Here are a couple of explanations of benefits to you and your company and why they are important:

Improvement of your credibility and image

Because ISO 9001 is an internationally recognized standard, it has become the basis for creating a quality management system around the world, replacing many previously published requirements. When a company is looking for a supplier, it is often a requirement to have a QMS based on ISO 9001 in order to be considered. This means that your investment in hearing testing and protection adheres to a quality standard in the industry. You are getting the best.

Improvement of customer satisfaction

One of the quality management principles that are the foundation of the ISO 9001 requirements is to improve customer satisfaction by planning for and striving to meet customer requirements. This is vital to the success of your HCP program because satisfied wearers can mean happier employees and higher productivity and work safety standards.

ISO 9001

Custom Protect Ear has been independently audited and certified to be in conformance with ISO 9001.

This certification assures our customers that the quality of the products they currently trust to protect their hearing will be the same quality they will get every time in the future. The certification assures the quality and sustainability of its’ product and services for all of its’ customers.

Learn More about CPE’ ISO 9001 certification. 

Custom Protect Ear manufacturing is ISO 9001 certified. Every pair must meet our exacting standards before being packaged and shipped to the user’s worksite.

 

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T’IS THE SEASON OF GIVING: CPE donates $40,540 to Canadian Cancer Society

December 3, 2018

November, 29th, Surrey BC.

Custom Protect Ear donates $40,540.00 the Canadian Cancer Society.

The total of $40,540 of represents the monies collected and matched since 2010, for the Pink dB Blocker Initiative. All proceeds are provided to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Below see Picture: (Left – Dagne Blaauw, Jeff Goldberg and Right-Laura Bennett) 

Cancer society

 

What is the Pink dB Blocker Initiative

Your support of our products allows CPE to donate a portion of what we make to charity each year, and facilitate ways in which to raise additional money for causes that touch our stakeholders personally. One of the ways we contribute is through the Pink Blocker Initiative. 

One of CPE community support initiatives is a program that partners with you to support Breast Cancer Research. By matching the $5 added to your purchase of each pair of pink dB Blockers, CPE will send $10 to the Canadian Cancer Society

The pink ear-piece shows that you are a supporter, and an active participant in your community’s support network.

Cause-related initiatives are an important part of the CPE corporate culture, and we welcome your ideas for helping us expand our programs in cancer research, autism support, education for better hearing health, and more eco-friendly ways of doing business.

When it comes to  Cancer, dB Cares™ 

Canadian Cancer society

 “We wish to thank all those who have so willingly donated to the cause to help find the cure”. 

The Custom Protect Ear Team

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Why more people and industries are choosing Custom ear plugs versus disposable earplugs

November 20, 2018

Custom versus disposable earplugs

The goal of any earplug is obvious: reduce the volume of sound. And even though it’s true that any earplug can achieve this, it turns out that it’s not that simple, for two reasons:

  1. All sound is not created equal—The sounds of speech are much different than the sounds of background noise. You want to suppress more of the background noise than of speech or music.
  2. Sound is dynamic—specific frequencies necessitate different handling, and volume shouldn’t be decreased by too much or by too little.

So, for an earplug to be effective, it has to 1) limit the volume of sound, but not by too much or too little, and 2) deal with assorted types of sounds, or frequencies, differently.

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What is a disposable earplug?

So-called “foam” and pre-moulded earplugs are designed to be used for one time or in some cases, a few times. Exceptions to this restriction are those very expensive earplugs such as the Hi-Fi or military earplug that can be cleaned for repeated use.

Until the 1970’s the most common earplug was the V51-R made from soft silicone, a single-flange earplug developed for the military that came in five sizes. Because it didn’t work well, it required precise fitting.  Eventually, it was discontinued due to repeated pressures from the scientists and practitioners in the hearing health community. Later other earplugs were developed with multiple flanges.

The slow-recovery foam earplug has the widest use in the world. In the United States, it accounts for approximately 75 percent of all disposable earplugs sold. While the V51-R required precise fitting to be effective, the slow-recovery foam earplug requires rolling down into a small cylinder, inserting as deeply into the ear canal as possible, and then, for some users, holding it in place until it has fully expanded and fills the ear canal, a process that can as long as two minutes depending upon the temperature of the earplug; cooler takes longer than warmer to fully expand. As a result, most wears do not get the noise reduction possible with that earplug (Murphy, 2000). Lets also not forget how much waste disposable ear plugs can cost us in the long run.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of custom-moulded earplugs

Quality of impression

When it comes to custom molds a trained and experience impression taker and the technicians at the laboratory are what makes the custom-moulded earplugs with a guarantee that the ear canal, concha, and helix portions of the ear were accurately obtained. The laboratory can also determine the impression material didn’t distort that ear and ask for a new impression as well. It is in the laboratory’s best interest to ensure that the custom-moulded earplugs that are shipped will fit its user perfectly, provides the de

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sired amount of noise reduction, and is comfortable to wear. Uncomfortable earplugs, custom-moulded or not, will either not be used or “field modified” by the wearer to achieve comfort, defeating the entire hearing loss prevention programme in the process.

 Quality of Earplug

The custom-moulded earplug’s silicone material will last between three and five years, or longer, depending upon care and handling. Custom-moulded earplugs are that are regularly cleaned last longer than those that aren’t. Rinsing earplugs under warm water is often sufficient for cleaning. If desired, a mild soap solution may be used. Products that have detergents or solvents as bases should not be used to clean custom-moulded earplugs since they may damage the earplug over repeated use.

CUSTOM MOULDS

 All ear sizes can be fitted

Whether too large or too small for disposable earplugs, custom –moulded earplugs can be made to fit any healthy ear; any ear free from drainage.  Even ears that have unusual shapes due to birth trauma, disease, or surgery can be fitted successfully with custom-moulded earplugs if there is any ear canal present at all, whereas disposable earplugs are designed for normally shaped pinnae and ear canals.

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 Impressions kept for five years

If the custom-moulded earplug is lost or damaged, it can be replaced without the need to acquire a new impression. All that is required is for the company making the earplug to maintain the impression or mould on file. Then the wearer can contact the maker for a replacement. No new impression is required. After more than five years, a new impression should be taken in any case. The pinna is one body part that continues to change with ageing as it is comprised of 100% cartilage (Ferrario VF, 1999). Thus, the earplug that worked at age 25 may not be as effective in noise reduction at age 31 years.  Just to make the issue less comfortable, the soft tissue of the nose also grows with ageing.

 Appropriateness of earplug to noise-exposure environment

Custom-moulded earplugs can be made with filters so that the amount and type of attenuation (noise reduction) delivered is no more or less than needed. While a solid custom-moulded earplug may be able to provide about 25 to 30 dB of noise reduction, filters can be inserted into a bore drilled through the earplug that will allow its noise reduction to be lowered to a desired level. A person working in less than 90 dBA of noise may need only 15 dB or so of noise reduction, and filters are available to reliably provide this. Of course, custom-moulded earplugs with filters need more attention to care than solid custom-moulded earplugs so that the filters don’t become blocked with soil or saturated with liquids.  Cleansing of these is best done with damp cloth rather than by rinsing or submersion.

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So now that you know more about Custom Moulded Earplugs you’ll discover there are even more features that make them better than foam earplugs and have the edge in three critical categories: sound quality, comfort, and cost.

 

1. Sound Quality

Foam earplugs block out all sound and all frequencies, generating what is known as the occlusion effect for the user, which is the feeling of a “hollow” or “booming” echo-like sound in their own voice. Foam earplugs reduce all-around sound quality and produce a confined sensation.

Custom earplugs, conversely, have special filters for a precise, even level of noise reduction (attenuation). The earplugs can be programmed to reduce volume only by the necessary amount and can filter certain kinds of sound more than others, preserving the quality of speech and music.

 

2. Comfort

Foam earplugs, to be effective, have to form a deep seal within the ear canal, causing a constant feeling of pressure, and this “plugged up” feeling is nearly universal.

As mentioned earlier, Custom earplugs are molded to the contours of each patient’s ears by a hearing professional, producing a secure, natural fit without the feeling of constant pressure. Custom earplugs are also developed with soft, medical-grade material that doesn’t shrink or change form.

Additionally, foam earplugs are unable to adjust well to variations in ear size and shape. Given that custom earplugs are specially shaped for each patient, variations in ear size and shape pose no problem at all.

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3. Cost

Let’s do some quick calculations, beginning with foam earplugs.

Assume that you work in a profession that requires the daily use of earplugs. Assuming an average cost of $0.19 per pair, with use on 5 days a week over 4 years, the total cost would be:

$0.19 X 5 days X 52 weeks X 4 years = $197.60 total cost.

(Also keep in mind the environmental cost: over four years you’d be throwing away 1,040 pairs of earplugs!)

Let’s compare that $197 to the cost of a pair of custom earplugs.

A top quality pair of custom earplugs can last four years or longer, but let’s just assume four. The majority of custom earplugs cost under $100, so your total cost after four years is less than half the cost of the disposable earplugs—and you get better sound quality and comfort in return.

Not to mention that by wearing the same custom earplugs for four years, you’ll eliminate the waste associated with discarding over 1,000 pairs of disposable earplugs.

Custom molded earplugs and disposable earplugs will both reduce volume and protect your hearing, but that’s where the commonalities end. Custom earplugs have far better sound quality, are more comfortable, and cost you and the environment, in the long term, much less. 

 


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Hearing Loss from Loud Noise: Festivities and Celebrations

November 13, 2018

Hearing Loss from Loud Noise

Contrary to popular belief, excess noise can be more than just an annoyance; it can actually be classified as a danger.  Noise can be unsafe when it’s too loud, especially when exposed for long periods of time, but also for short ones.  These types of noises can cause noise-induced hearing loss, also known as NIHL.  NIHL happens when excessive and/or loud noise damages the sensitive structures of the inner ear.  This process could take a while to set in or it may happen instantly; it may be momentary or it may be everlasting, there is no sure way to tell. 

There are, however, a number of activities that can be avoided in order to minimize your chances of developing noise-induced hearing loss.  Listening to headphones too loudly, shooting ranges/hunting, playing in a band, attending too many loud concerts and motorcycling are all actions that should be evaded in order to decrease your chances of obtaining NIHL.

And long exposure to loud noise can lead to tinnitus (buzzing sound in the ear), which can further lead to psychological problems in people.  Besides issues with hearing, insomnia, irregular blood pressure and fluctuating sugar levels can also be a result of exposure to loud noise. Doctors see constant headaches, mood disturbance, anger, and irritability as well among patients.

Most of the loudspeakers, as well as woofers that are played, have a sound of more than 100 decibels, which can lead to hearing troubles. Therefore, people should make sure they are not too close to loudspeakers during celebrations. Besides noise from loudspeakers, vehicular noise pollution affects the traffic police as they are constantly exposed to loud honking. Use of earplugs can help reduce the volume they are exposed to by 20 decibels. The use of dB Blockers can not only reduce the noise exposure but they can also contain a proprietary frequency tuned filter which allows interpersonal communication without removal. Learn More about dB Blockers. 

While there is a time limit for use of loudspeakers, there is no authority to monitor their volume. Stringent measures should be taken by the government to control noise pollution. The traffic department could put up ‘No Honking’ and ‘Reduce Noise’ signboards in specific areas close to hospitals, schools, and homes. It is also important to create awareness among the people about the effects of loud noise and excessive honking.

 

Hearing Loss from Loud Noise: Festivities and Celebrations

What Decibel Level Causes Hearing Loss?

In order to avoid these dangerous sounds the best you can, you have to understand them the best you can.  Decibels are how sounds are measured.  Sounds of 76 decibels or more are unlikely to cause hearing loss, even when exposed for lengthy periods of time.  That being said, long exposure to (or repeated) sounds of 85 decibels and above can most definitely cause hearing loss.  The louder the sound gets will increase the chance of you receiving noise-induced hearing loss.

Here are a few examples of common decibel levels:

  • Refrigerator – 45 decibels
  • Conversation – 60 decibels
  • Motorcycle – 95 decibels
  • Headphones at maximum volume – 105 decibels
  • Firecrackers and gunshots – 150 decibels

Luckily, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) are in deep with the research on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of this type of hearing loss.  Though NIHL isn’t the most common form of hearing loss, nor is it the most dangerous, however, it isn’t to be underestimated.  Please take careful notice of this growing issue and adjust your listening closely.

 

FUN FACTS

New York City:

New York City is by far the most populous city in all of North America, at an estimated population of over 8.4 million people in 2013. The city is projected to have 55.8 million tourists in 2014, bringing in almost 153,000 extra people per day. In addition to the people, the constant yellow taxis, street construction, car alarms, nightclubs, subways and planes are enough to give any resident a constant headache. Mayor Bloomburg has even begun requiring police to set up checkpoints with handheld noise meters and to issue fines to those who violate noise policies.

Hyderabad: 

On Diwali day, the particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) increased by 61 percent in Hyderabad and PM10 increased by 34 percent according to monitoring units assessed by Telangana State Pollution Control Board. PM2.5 was found to be 68 percent of PM10 when crackers were burst, whereas on normal days it was found to be 57 percent. 

Now that we have Diwali and Halloween under our belt for 2018; there is still at least 2 more months of celebrations.  With the several festivals around the corner, noise pollution could become a major challenge in the city. The increasing number of vehicles on the roads already contribute to the noise pollution in a big way. It’s high time we did something about this as some doctors & audiologist have seen an increase of eight to 10 patients every month with a hearing problem and this figure is rising due to lack of awareness.


Sources

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/091118/hyderabad-high-pollution-noise-recorded-on-diwali.html

https://citiquiet.com/the-top-10-noisiest-cities-in-the-world-2/

Hearing Loss: Swedish study finds improved hearing in older adults

October 22, 2018

Swedish study finds improved hearing in older adults, but hearing loss is still a worldwide issue.

Have the Swedish figured out the secret to preventing hearing loss? 

Older adults in Sweden are hearing better than they were more than four decades ago, according to a May 2018 study published in Age and Ageing. The H70 study, part of a large-scale investigation initiated in the 1970s designed to study the medical and social effects of aging, found that hearing among 70-year-old residents of Gothenburg, Sweden had improved significantly in the last 45 years — especially among its men.

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The comparison study tested hearing acuity in approximately 1,135 residents of Gothenburg born in 1944. When comparing the results to three previous studies of residents born in 1901, 1906 and 1922, the prevalence of hearing loss declined from 53 to 28% for men and 37 to 23% for women.

Hearing conservation

While Swedish researchers don’t know why hearing has improved in this population, they speculate the decrease among the male participants may be due to a reduction in occupational noise exposure. Most age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is thought to be due to a lifetime exposure to a noisy environment.

Men, especially those in this age group, have traditionally worked in occupations where noise levels exceeded current acceptable limits, such as in the mechanical and engineering industries. Hearing conservation programs were introduced in Sweden in the 1970s; however, the study’s authors caution further research is needed to determine possible reasons for this improvement.

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the most common form of sensorineural hearing loss — and also the most preventable. Permanent damage to your hearing can occur when you’re exposed to noise levels over 85 decibels (dB) for an extended period of time or from a one-time exposure to a loud noise such as an explosion or gunshot. Hearing conservation can begin at any age, so follow these tips to reduce your risk from developing additional hearing loss due to NIHL:

  • If you’re still in the workplace and noise is a constant in your environment, talk to your supervisor about ways to decrease noise levels.
  • Keep the volume turned down on personal electronic devices, especially those you listen to through a headset or earphones. That goes for the volume on the television or car radio, too.
  • If you enjoy a hobby, such as car racing, music, or hunting, purchase the appropriate hearing protection and wear it. Insist that others in your family who enjoy similar noisy pastimes do the same.
  • If you know you’ll be attending an event where there will be lots of noise — such as a sporting event, parade, or fireworks celebration — invest in noise-canceling headphones or purchase inexpensive foam earplugs from the local drugstore.

Preventing Hearing Loss

While the results of this study provide a glimmer of hope, bear in mind that unlike the study population in Sweden, the prevalence of hearing loss in the United States is on the rise.

Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate based on age as it affects younger Americans than ever before. What this study does offer is even more evidence that hearing loss is not inevitable. The best treatment for many is prevention. Learn how to prevent hearing loss. 

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Keeping your hearing as healthy as possible begins by scheduling an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional for a baseline hearing evaluation. Results from this exam will be used to monitor your hearing health annually so that you can address any issues which may arise sooner rather than later. To find a hearing healthcare professional in your community, search our online directory of hearing centers.


Contributed by Debbie Clason, staff writer, Healthy Hearing
August 8, 2018

Noise pollution is worse than ever – here is how you can avoid it damaging your health

October 15, 2018

Noise pollution is a very real threat to your overall health – and it’s getting worse, according to a new report from the World Health Organisation.

The publication, released today, aim to tackle the serious implications noise pollution can have for one in five of us in Europe.

“Noise pollution in our towns and cities is increasing, blighting the lives of many European citizens,” said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO’s regional director for Europe. More than a nuisance, excessive noise is a health risk.”

Exposure to excessive noise can lead to a number of conditions, cognitive impairment in children, sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease and tinnitus and annoyance, the report explains. Here’s how you can reduce your own exposure to noise, based on NHS guidelines for hearing:

1. Avoid loud noises

The best way to avoid noise-induced hearing loss is to keep away from loud noise as much as you can,” the website advises.A quick test is, if you have to raise your voice to talk to others, it’s probably too loud. Ditto if your ears hurt, or if you have ringing in your ears afterwards.

2. Take care when listening to music

Listening to loud music through earphones and headphones is one of the biggest dangers to your hearing,” says the NHS. Try purchasing a noise-cancelling pair, or maintaining the volume below 60% of its maximum capacity, the guidelines recommend. Another smart solution is to get personal hearing protection that can help cancel out harmful noises also.

3. Protect your hearing

Try to wear custom hearing protection or earplugs when you attend a nightclub or concert, to protect your ears from excessive noise. Alternatively, move away from loudspeakers and try to take a break from the noise every 15 minutes.

4. Take precautions at work

“Your employer is obliged to make changes to reduce your exposure to loud noise,” explains the website – so make sure you are provided with hearing protection such as ear muffs, custom molded hearing protection or earplugs if you need it, and be sure to wear it. We are seeing more of the industrial sectors purchase custom hearing protection for their workers because of long-term care and its sustainable for the environment. Learn more about dB Blockers. 

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5. Get your hearing tested

If you are worried you are losing your hearing, get a test. The NHS says: “The earlier hearing loss is picked up, the earlier something can be done about it.”


SOURCE

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/noise-pollution-worse-ever-can-avoid-damaging-health-113828163.html

Protecting Infants hearing

October 10, 2018

Growing ears of babies and toddlers are susceptible to damage. Ears and hearing develop significantly in the first few years after birth. Providing hearing protection, especially at a young age, helps to ensure optimal hearing as your child grows.

Loud Sounds Are Even Louder for Kids

Infants and young children are more sensitive to loud noises than adults are. Because the ear canal is smaller in children, the sound pressure that is generated in the ears is greater compared to adults. In other words, loud sounds are even louder for kids.

How Loud is Too Loud?

Hearing damage due to noise exposure is permanent and cumulative. It is important to monitor your child’s surroundings for noise exposure that exceeds recommended levels. Sounds are measured in decibels (dB). Safe sound levels vary based on the duration of exposure. In general, noises softer than 80 dB will not damage hearing unless the exposure lasts for several hours.

Possible Hearing Hazards for Children

  • Loud toys
  • Television volume
  • Events such as festivals, sports events, concerts
  • Firework displays
  • White noise sleep machines
  • Household appliances (vacuum, hair dryer, blender)

Toys

Noise-making toys are popular. Some of these toys can produce sounds in excess of 120 dB. If possible, listen to toys before purchasing to see if the sounds are too loud. Remove the batteries from toys with excessive noise levels. Because children play with toys much closer to their faces and ears, even sounds in the 80-90 dB range can be damaging.

White Noise Sleep Machines

The amount of time an infant is exposed to sound is important. If you’re using an infant sleep machine, test the sound output before leaving it in a room with a sleeping child, and use the lowest volume setting possible. Additionally, parents should place the machine as far from the baby’s crib or bed as possible.

Ways to Protect Infant Hearing

Ear Muffs or Noise Cancelling Headphones

Baby Wearing Earmuffs

A simple internet search will show numerous vendors with earmuffs and noise cancelling headphones for babies and children. These are small enough to fit snugly on a child’s head.

Custom Earplugs

Personal custom hearing protection for children is also available and recommended over ear plugs.  Personal custom hearing protection (dB Blockers) are made for the child’s ear exactly. Learn about How we make dB Blockers. 

 

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We Care about Noise Sensitivity

Brie is a vibrant young girl living with a mild case of autism, and Custom Protect Ear is happy to help her manage her sensitivity to noise. Brie is a proud owner of her own personalized dB Blockers that assist her in coping with noise in her environment. Learn More 

October Is National Protect Your Hearing Month: Spread the Word!

October 2, 2018

Every Year a Noisy Planet and NIHL team up to spread the news about National Protect Your Hearing Month: October. So aside from the leaves turning red and yellow and kids dressing up to scare their friends – we would like to encourage you to also Spread The Word about National Protect Your Hearing month.  Your hearing health is one of your 5 senses* and needs to be protected.

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During this year’s National Protect Your Hearing Month—observed each October—learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and help Noisy Planet spread the word about hearing health.

People of all ages can be affected by NIHL. Signs of NIHL may not be obvious at first, but they can build over time. A recent study shows that about 13 to 18 percent of children and teens ages 12 to 19 have signs of possible NIHL.

“Make healthy hearing a habit when you are young so that you can avoid NIHL. Exposure to loud sounds can have life-long consequences on your hearing, including making it difficult to communicate with others and to appreciate the sounds of nature and music,” says the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ acting director, Judith A. Cooper, Ph.D. 

You can help prevent NIHL by making some simple changes to your lifestyle:

  • Turn down the volume. Set maximum volume limits on electronics and keep the volume low on music devices and TVs. Sounds at or above 85 A-weighted decibels put you at risk for NIHL, especially if they last a long time.
  • Move away from the noise. To reduce sound intensity and the impact of noise on your ears, increase the distance between you and the noise. Think of this simple step when you are near fireworks, concert speakers, or in a loud restaurant.
  • Wear hearing protectors, such as molded hearing protection, earplugs or earmuffs. Sometimes you can’t easily escape the sound, whether you’re at a movie theater, a concert, a sporting event, and in a noisy work environment. Earplugs or protective earmuffs can help. If you’re a parent, carry hearing protectors for your little ones and be a good hearing health role model by wearing them yourself. If you don’t have hearing protectors, cover your ears with your hands. Learn More about molded hearing protection. 

Help spread the message about healthy hearing:

 

 


  • Five senses refers to the five traditionally recognized methods of perception, or sense: tastesighttouch,smell, and sound.

How to Boost your Productivity at Work

September 24, 2018

Whether it’s the hot weather draining your energy, the memories of your summer holidays or your ‘to do’ list growing ever-longer, keeping motivated at work can be a tricky business. But being productive can be important for a number of reasons; from job satisfaction to keeping the boss happy, ploughing your way through the workload is a fundamental part of the job.

So here are our handy tips to improve productivity at work.

1. Be efficient 

Just about every successful leader of the 21stCentury has preached the importance of efficiency. From Roald Dahl to Albert Einstein and other prominent figures, avoiding expending energy unnecessarily is key to getting the job done correctly and quickly.

Convoluted processes not only waste time but also can irritate and frustrate employees. Simplifying procedures, consulting with your staff and ensuring everyone is familiar with the methods will mean tasks get completed quickly and with minimal fuss.

2. Get the right equipment Industrial Hearing loss

If the staff doesn’t have the correct tools then carrying out tasks to a satisfactory level will be difficult, if not impossible. Of course, the correct tools will be specific to respective workplaces but in an office environment providing ergonomic chairs can make a real difference. Or if you working in an industrial workplace, it is important to have the correct personal protective equipment as well as all the sufficient tools to do your job.  It also demonstrates to employees that their employers take an interest in their personal wellbeing.

In an environment that requires staff to be standing for long periods, then investing in anti-fatigue mats could be an option. These reduce aches and pains that can arise when standing for long periods as well as reducing the trip hazards at employee workstations. An independent study performed by Coba Europe found that 44% of those who used anti-fatigue matting considered it to have a direct impact on increased productivity levels. In environments where noise is above 85 decibels, it is vital to your employees hearing health that adequate hearing protection is provided, whether its molded hearing protection or hearing muffs – hearing protection can save a company millions of dollars in claims.

3. Take regular breaks

Taking a break away from your workstation might seem counter-intuitive to boost productivity but research shows it can actually improve concentration. There’s also the added bonus of reducing the risk of repetitive strain injury (RSI) and damage to eyesight.

You should encourage staff to take regular short breaks and provide a breakout area where people can sit, have a drink and take their mind off the job at hand for a moment.

4. Reduce distractions

In a world of connectivity, such as the one we live in, you’re never far away from a distraction. Whether it’s an email, social media, an advert trying to tempt you to part with your hard earned cash or something else, there’s a minefield of disruptions waiting to draw you in. When working on a project or something that requires high levels of concentration turn your phone off (or at least on to silent and out of reach), close down the application you use to receive emails and concentrate solely on the job you’re doing. If you work in a busy environment you might want to consider using earphones to listen to music or, if you find that a distraction too, ear plugs to dampen the ambient sounds. Learn more about custom hearing protection. 

productive workers

A happy workforce is a productive one. You can contribute to this by incentivizing staff with prizes and rewards. They don’t always have to be expensive; sometimes just publically recognizing an employee’s achievements can go a long way. Other popular methods include rewarding accomplishments with cash, additional holiday or other treats.

So, now you know how to get the most out of your time at work to ensure you do more than just ‘bring home the bacon’ each month.