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Ear and Hearing Protection

Ear and Hearing Protection

Your ears are very sensitive and being exposed to loud noises can damage your hearing, whether the noises are sudden, such as a shotgun or fireworks, or long-term, such as loud music, vehicles or machinery.

There are many different types of activities that can cause hearing damage. You may not realise that the noise generated from driving a golf ball off the tee is very loud and can damage your hearing over time.

There are many work situations that require ear protection. Musicians need protection for their ears, as do people driving open top cars and swimmers.

If you are regularly exposed to loud sounds your hearing may be damaged gradually, without you noticing and this damage is usually permanent. The first solution is to reduce the time that you are exposed to high noise levels. Amplifon's range of ear protection devices includes noise-cancelling earplugs, ear defenders and headphones to protect your hearing in a wide range of environments. You can get ready-fit or made-to-measure devices.

Researchers have found that antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E and betacarotene, supplements that contain magnesium or even an occasional glass of red wine can help to minimise noise-induced hearing loss.

Visit your local branch and talk to one of our hearing aid audiologists, who can advise you on the most appropriate product for your needs and answer any questions you have about hearing protection and hearing loss.  

Keep your ears healthy

Here are some tips for keeping your ears healthy:

  • Never poke anything into your ears. The lining of the ear is delicate and you can easily damage it
  • Don't use cotton buds to clean your ears. They can irritate the ear canal and push wax back inside, making it more difficult to remove
  • To keep ears clean, wash the visible part of the ear and behind the ear using a little soap. Then wipe the soap away with rinsed fingers and dry with a thin towel
  • Don't immerse your ears in bath water, as body bacteria may enter your ear canal and could cause an infection
  • Try a drop of olive oil in each ear once a week to soften earwax and encourage it to move out of the ear naturally
  • Use earplugs to protect your ears from dust and loud noise

Don't ignore ear problems; they won't improve without proper treatment. The longer you leave an ear problem, the longer it may take to treat.

If you think your hearing may be affected by noise at work, talk to your employer, who has a legal duty under European Union regulations to assess and control the risks. As a general guide, you shouldn't have to put up with noise levels at work that are louder than a busy street.

If you experience any loss of hearing, whatever you think has caused it, visit your nearest Amplifon branch for a free, full hearing test and expert advice.