Why Use Hearing Protection?
Hearing is one of your five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. In many cases loss of hearing is often permanent and protecting your ears should be just as important as protecting your eyes. Children and young adults are especially susceptible to hearing loss if the inner ear is exposed to loud noises even the fireworks they love can harm infants and children’s hearing. Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the leading causes of hearing loss in the United States and it is a danger most adults ignore. Noise-induced hearing loss can come from prolonged exposure to loud sounds in the workplace, as well as everyday activities like attendance at sporting events, loud concerts and listening to loud music to name a few.
Protect Your Hearing
Hearing aids can definitely provide benefit to someone who has lost hearing due to noise-induced hearing loss but they cannot give you back your hearing to what it was when you were 20! Protecting your hearing is healthier, easier and cheaper than having a noise-induced hearing loss that would need to be treated with hearing aids. Protecting your hearing as part of your overall healthcare has many benefits as well. Untreated hearing loss can cause a slow shut down of the synapses in your brain leading to memory loss and balance issues not to mention the other medical issues directly related to hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss can even be the cause of that distracting buzzing or ringing in your ears called tinnitus. Please visit our Tinnitus page for more information on tinnitus treatments.
Average Decibel Ratings of Some Familiar Sounds
|Noise||Average decibels (dB)|
|Noise:Leaves rustling, soft music, whisper||Average decibels (dB):30dB|
|Noise:Average home noise||Average decibels (dB):40dB|
|Noise:Normal conversation, background music||Average decibels (dB):60dB|
|Noise:Office noise, inside car at 60 mph||Average decibels (dB):70dB|
|Noise:Vacuum cleaner, average radio||Average decibels (dB):75dB|
|Noise:Heavy traffic, window air conditioner, noisy restaurant, power lawn mower||Average decibels (dB):80-89dB (sounds above 85 dB are harmful if heard on a continued basis over extended periods of time)|
|Noise:Subway, shouted conversation||Average decibels (dB):90-95dB|
|Noise:Boom box, ATV, motorcycle||Average decibels (dB):96-100dB|
|Noise:School dance||Average decibels (dB):101-105dB|
|Noise:Chainsaw, leaf blower, snowmobile||Average decibels (dB):106-115dB|
|Noise:Sports crowd, rock concert, loud symphony||Average decibels (dB):120-129dB|
|Noise:Stock car races||Average decibels (dB):130dB|
|Noise:Gun shot, siren at 100 feet||Average decibels (dB):140dB|
What Is There to Protect?
The ear has three main parts: the outer, middle, and inner ear. The outer ear, or the visible portion, opens into the ear canal, where your eardrum vibrates in response to sound waves in the air, and focuses the vibrations to your middle ear. In your middle ear, small bones transmit vibrations to the inner ear and become nerve impulses sent directly to your brain. While there are many types of hearing loss (some preventable and some genetic), one of the most avoidable is exposure to loud noises, which slowly damage and kill the nerve endings in the inner ear. Once dead, those nerve endings won’t reform and the vibrations around you won’t process all the way to your brain as sounds.
Even though this kind of hearing loss is preventable, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery reports that 1 in 10 Americans suffer from hearing loss that impacts their ability to understand regular conversations at a normal speaking volume. At Windsor Audiology, we’d like to help reduce that number and give our patients the gift of healthy and full hearing throughout their life. We believe that starts with hearing protection education and hearing protection products from infancy onward.
Protection Methods and Products
Our products include:
- Child-size headphones that dampen noise in loud or busy areas that would overwhelm and harm the sensitive nerves in growing infants and toddlers
- Low-cost disposable foam plugs for concert-going teens and young adults allow you to hear the music without damaging your ears
- Custom-filtered hearing protection for hunters
- Molded custom earplugs for showering, swimming, and water sports
- Earplugs and headphones designed for construction workers and those in other noisy occupations
- Sleep plugs for those with a snoring spouse
We can supply a variety of recreational and occupation-specific solutions that allow you to do the things you love while protecting one of your most important senses. Most of our options are custom fit for your ears only but we do have non-custom options
Products for Musicians
In particular, musicians face a challenge in that they need to hear sound accurately, but every time they pick up their instrument to play, they are exposed to a high decibel level. Our musician earplugs help prevent exposure to loud decibels with a flat attenuation that does not affect the quality of the music. Custom in-ear monitors are available to enhance the music experience while performing and retain every note without the risk of hearing loss. They come in a variety of filters depending on your instrument and are customizable to your own style with everything from glitter to swirled colors.
Dr. Johnson was amazing. I had no idea what I was really missing until she had me try out some hearing aids. My wife and kids were telling me “Dad, get your ears checked”…
Dr. Johnson was amazing. I had no idea what I was really missing until she had me try out some hearing aids. My wife and kids were telling me “Dad, get your ears checked” consistently and I was like “I will… I will…” Dr. Johnson and Windsor Audiology changed my life. I can hear the crack of the bat when my daughter hits a home run. That is life-changing.
Dr. Johnson’s smile is very warming. When I walk in the door, no matter what kind of mood I am in, she always makes me smile and changes my mood around. My time with Dr. Johnson…
Dr. Johnson’s smile is very warming. When I walk in the door, no matter what kind of mood I am in, she always makes me smile and changes my mood around. My time with Dr. Johnson is special and she makes me feel like I am her only concern.
I am glad I found Dr. Johnson. She listened to my concerns and has some great solutions to help me with my hearing loss.
"I am writing to thank you for your patience and expertise in finding me the right hearing solutions. You took great care in testing for my needs and after your research and a…
"I am writing to thank you for your patience and expertise in finding me the right hearing solutions. You took great care in testing for my needs and after your research and a trial period, you found the perfect hearing aids to match my situation. Also, your office has always been very prompt and professional when I call with a question or to make an appointment. Finally, your coffee is tops...why do you think I always arrive a little early!"
Windsor Audiology has provided me with the best possible care. From Evan at the front desk to Leann and her ability to explain the entire hearing assistance process. She helped…
Windsor Audiology has provided me with the best possible care. From Evan at the front desk to Leann and her ability to explain the entire hearing assistance process. She helped ease my apprehension about the process and made it very easy to commit to hearing aids. I barely notice my tinnitus anymore! I am very happy with my decision and experience. Thank you Evan and Leann!
I came in to see Dr Johnson and her staff about 5 months ago. I had crippling Tinnitus, so much so that it was causing depression and insomnia. It was a constant buzzing of a…
I came in to see Dr Johnson and her staff about 5 months ago. I had crippling Tinnitus, so much so that it was causing depression and insomnia. It was a constant buzzing of a mosquito in my ears and I had come to believe that I was stuck with this unwanted “friend” for the rest of my life. I looked up Tinnitus treatments for Northern Colorado and Windsor Audiology came up. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. After my initial consultation and test with Dr Johnson we settled on trying hearing aids with a Zen Tinnitus therapy. I was extremely skeptical about the process, but again it was worth a try. It has been 5 months with my hearing aids and, I use the Zen therapy regularly. In the last 5 months I used to wake up almost nightly from the Tinnitus, now it has only happened once in 5 months. I HIGHLY recommend Dr Jonson and Windsor Audiology. Dr. Johnson and Evan are extremely knowledgeable and truly care for their patients. If you have Tinnitus, hearing problems or both, go see them. They are amazing!
Their willingness to help my hearing loss and listening to my personal issues at home and TV volume corrections was exceptional.
Dr. Johnson is easy to talk to, answered all of my questions and was very professional.
Dr. Johnson took the time to work with my specialty hearing issues.
They have a pleasant atmosphere and all of my questions were answered