Think about all the sounds you have encountered in your life. Concerts, lawn mowers, motorcycles, sirens, and a host of other sounds can affect and damage your ears in two ways, intensity of the sound and the length of the exposure to the sound. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 22 million Americans are exposed to damaging noises annually while at least 10 million people suffer from noise-induced hearing loss.
There is no way to reverse damage to your ears, however, there are ways to prevent further damage to your hearing. One of the best ways to prevent hearing loss is wearing the proper hearing protection, but how do you know if the protection you have is sufficient? Here are three ways to assess your next hearing protection purchase.