Ear protection can be a cost-effective way of protecting the ears and hearing from long-term damage. It’s the smartest thing to use if you are regularly spending time in noisy environments. Spending a prolonged amount of time in a noisy environment will usually mean damage to the ears over time. In the short term, you may notice tinnitus (a ringing in the ears) as a sign that the noise was too loud. However, you won't always get signs and symptoms like this until it’s too late.

You may believe that you don’t need ear protection, but the truth is many people can benefit from it. Below is a rundown of the sort of people who should consider using ear protection. Remember: everybody is unique and different levels of sound may be sensitive to different people. You might find that your ears feel sensitive and ring when in an environment below 85 decibels. As a rule, if you have to shout to be heard, you need hearing protection.

People who play an instrument

People who play an instrument, such as the guitar or drums, should protect their hearing with ear protection sooner rather than later. There are special ear protection options for these people, as it’s important to protect the ears without the musician missing out on important notes and other elements of the music. Visiting an audiologist will ensure a long-term career in music without damage to your ears.

People who attend concerts

If you’re a music lover who attends concerts regularly, it’s important to invest in ear protection. Children must especially wear ear protection, as their ears are far more sensitive and will be damaged more easily.

People who work in a noisy environment

Working in a noisy environment is one of the main causes of hearing damage. The following environments commonly require hearing protection:

  • Factory staff
  • Construction staff
  • Airport staff
  • Shooting range staff
  • Event staff

In some workplaces, ear protection will be compulsory. Ensure it is worn when necessary and in the designated zones.

People who use power tools and other noisy maintenance equipment

Whether you’re a handyman or simply perform DIY around the house, ear protection is important. The following can all emit sound over 85dbs:

  • Power drills
  • Lawnmowers
  • Leaf blowers

Visiting an audiologist to assess whether you already have ear damage is a good idea if you’re not sure. You can also discuss your options when it comes to ear protection and find the most suitable option for your budget and the environment you will be wearing the protection in. For example, things will need to be considered, such as whether you also wear a hard hat. It’s also important to note that although you want to get the sound below 85 decibels, you shouldn’t have it lower than 70. Blocking out too much noise can also be dangerous, as it could mean reducing your enjoyment of a concert, or worst-case scenario, missing out on an important warning signal at work.