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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: greg lehmann | 2019/05/14

Q.

Earplugs soldiers wear making them deaf?

I've been seeing and hearing stories about some earplugs making soldiers who wear them deaf! Is it the way these earplugs were designed or were these earplugs poorly tested before the soldiers wore them and what's this tinnutis I'm hearing some of the soldiers wearing these earplugs developed?

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert
- 2019/05/14

Good day,


Earplugs used for noise protection will not be the cause of a hearing loss. Assuming that the ear plugs are being used for noise protection, if the earplugs do not fit well or are inserted incorrectly by the wearer, it may allow some of the noise to reach the ear and damage the mechanisms responsible for hearing. Tinnitus can also develop from excessive noise exposure, which can still occur whilst wearing earplugs if these earplugs do not fit well or are inserted incorrectly.

There are some instances where custom-made ear plugs are needed, where the noise levels a person is exposed to are above a certain limit or if a person is spending a certain amount of time in noisy environments. These details would need to be discussed with the Audiologist that is fitting the hearing protection.

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