“If it’s too loud, you’re too old”. This phrase is meant to create laughter when it appears on a bumper sticker or t-shirt but the truth behind the catchy saying is no laughing matter.
In fact, though there are multiple causes for hearing loss, damaged hearing or noise induced hearing loss is number one.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about 15 percent (26 million) of Americans, ages 20 to 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise.
And though it’s possible for hearing loss to occur as a result of a single event, such as a firecracker exploding close to your ear, the vast majority of noise induced hearing loss develops gradually and painlessly.
It’s through repeated exposure to loud noises for long periods of time that can end up damaging the hair cells in the inner ear and result in impairment.
Sadly, unlike a broken bone that can be re-set or a wound that can be stitched up, there is no way to reverse hearing loss. Because of this fact, pro-active prevention from an early age is key.
Take a look at this study from the Center For Disease Control that discusses the rate of adolescent hearing loss and the impact it can have on quality of life.
As you can see, being intentional about protecting your hearing is incredibly important and here at Woodard, we have both the desire and the ability to help.
We offer a full line of custom hearing protection that includes everything from ear molds for swimmers to full-shell earpieces for hunters and sportsmen.
Each one of these earpieces is designed to fit perfectly in your ear and offer you maximum benefits as well as maximum comfort.
When top quality products are available, there is no reason for you to purchase a generic, one-size fits all ear plug. Though the cost of these mass produced devices may initially be lower, cheap hearing-protection isn’t as effective for long-term use.
Here at Woodard, we refuse to settle for less than the best and we hope you will do the same.