Nothing is better than hearing the pitter patter of my daughter’s feet, and her giggles as she plays in the other room while I am working from my home office. It is such a great sound to hear, that before I became a father I never really would have fully appreciated. Although she is only four and half, one day I hope that the sound I hear from outside my office are the pitter patter of her children’s feet. It is those little things, my friends, that truly matter in life.
As we get older, it is natural for our hearing to become less sharp. This doesn’t mean that it makes sense for us to risk our hearing while we are at work place or even working out of our home shops. Your hearing can be damaged at sounds levels as low as 80 to 90 decibels. To give you an idea of how loud that is, a normal conversation is at about 65 decibels. Your Sunday lawn maintenance goes up to 85 decibels with your lawn mower.
Whether you use disposables or ear muff style hearing protection systems, it is very important that you remember a few basic tips.
#1. Use ear plugs or other hearing protection.
#2. If you are at a work site, there are usually signs and other guidance on what level of hearing protection to use. If you aren’t sure, ask.
#3. Before inserting an ear plug into your ear, check to make sure that it isn’t dirty and that there is no debris on it that you will inadvertently introduce to your ear canal. How many times are workers putting ear plugs in with filthy hands?
#4. Hearing protection will lessen your ability to hear. Stay vigilant as you work to prevent unexpected accidents.
#5. Avoid using head sets with high volume. This will damage your hearing over time.
Folks, your hearing will last as long as you do if you do your best to protect it while you are young and it is still good. Your safety is your responsibility. Always remember that, and you will avoid the pain that comes from expected someone else to protect you.
– Article by Ken Wilson
Ken Wilson is the founder of On Time Hardware. His team is dedicated to supplying companies across Canada with a wide range of products through excellent customer service.
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