According to Hearing.org, certain occupational groups have a five times higher risk of hearing problems then others. This is due to noise exposure in the workplace.
In a study done by NIOSH was found that of people regularly exposed to occupational noise, 23% had hearing difficulties and 15% had tinnitus. Of people never exposed to occupational noise, only 7% had hearing difficulties and 5% had tinnitus.
Conditions would be worst in the manufacturing and engineering sector. Workers in agriculture and personal care and service occupations had significantly higher risks as well.
For everybody exposed to occupational noise, Dynamic Ear Company recommends the Crescendo PPE 20. The unique, flat attenuation results in reduction of sound levels equally over all frequencies, contributing to natural sound and clearer speech.
According to various Dutch news articles, the noise at construction sites is a big problem in the Netherlands. The consequences for construction workers are very serious: one in five suffers from hearing loss and 13% even suffers from ‘noise deafness’.
In 2014 almost 2500 reports of hearing damage were made at the Dutch Centre for Occupational Diseases (NCVB). More then 85% of these reports came from the construction sector.
Because of these figures, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) is going to monitor loud noise at construction sites intensively in the last months of 2016. If noise of 85dB or higher is detected and no hearing protection is worn, the work will be stopped immediately and the employer will get a fine.
Crescendo recommends the Crescendo Industry for all construction workers. The unique filters, developed by Dynamic Ear Company, reduce sound levels by 20dB, making it safe to work for eight hours in an environment with noises up to 105dB.
Music levels during fitness classes can reach up to 115 dB, as can be read on hear-it.org. These noise levels can lead to serious hearing damage for participants as well as instructors.
Spinning classes prove to be the worst offenders, but classes like Zumba and Body Pump reach dangerously loud music levels as well. With the rising popularity of these classes, more and more hearing risk permanently damaging their hearing.
Sound levels higher than 80 dB are proven to be dangerous. Especially the fitness instructors, who are exposed to this noise consistently, risk hearing loss.
Dynamic Ear Company recommends always wearing hearing protection during classes of this kind. Instructors as well as participants could really benefit from wearing an earplug like the Crescendo Music.
The unique filters in the Crescendo Music provide full frequency, enjoyable sound reduced to safe listening levels. They also provide an open-air passage to the ear, keeping the ear ventilated for optimum comfort.
De pledge is onderdeel van het ‘Nationaal Programma Preventie Alles is gezondheid’, een initiatief van de Rijksoverheid waarin partijen afspraken maken en gezamenlijk acties ondernemen die tot een gezonder en vitaler Nederland moeten leiden.
Dynamic Ear Company ondertekende niet alleen het algemene gedeelte van de pledge, maar leverde ook een eigen bijdrage:
“Dynamic Ear Company committeert zich aan het bieden van veilige en comfortabele gehoorbescherming die mensen graag dragen omwille van de unieke akoestische prestaties, het gebruiksgemak en het design.”
“Dynamic Ear Company zet zich in voor betere normen om gehoorbescherming te verbeteren, in het belang van alle mensen.”
“Dynamic Ear Company deelt haar kennis over goede gehoorbescherming met anderen, en zorgt zo voor meer bewustwording over het gehoor en hoe dat beschermd kan worden.”
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On June 30th, Dynamic Ear Company signed a pledge to prevent hearing loss. The pledge is an initiative of the Dutch government.
Dental Hygienists have a much higher prevalence of hearing problems then others, according to a survey amongst this occupational group.
The American institute NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) studied experienced dental hygienists who had been practicing for a minimum of 20 years and found a relationship between hearing damage and occupational noise exposure.
The researchers found that long-term exposure to the noise of dental equipment, such as ultrasonic scalers, may contribute to hearing difficulties. The percentage of dental hygienists with hearing problems is, therefore, much higher then the American average.
For dentists and dental hygienists, Dynamic Ear Company recommends a 15dB linear solution like the Crescendo Woodwind. The unique filter technology provides the core of our protection ensuring clarity of sound whilst still allowing speech to be heard.
One in six European adults suffer from hearing damage, according to the survey ‘Evaluation of the Social and Economic Costs of Hearing Impairment’. This is equivalent to about 71 million people. There was previously assumed this number was much lower, only one in ten Europeans.
The people in this group have a hearing loss greater then 25 dB. They suffer so much that it affects their daily lives.
The research also shows that people suffering from hearing damage are getting younger and younger. This has largely to do with listening to loud music, for instance while going out. Many young people don’t realise just how harmful this can be and that hearing damage is irreversible.
They would greatly benefit from wearing hearing protection, for example the Crescendo Dance. This product has been specially developed for listening to loud music for several hours safely.
While other hearing protection can sound muffled, the filters in the Crescendo Dance provide a natural sound and good speech intelligibility.
The earplugs are made of medical grade materials, making it comfortable to wear them for hours. The filters provide an open-air passage to the ear, keeping the ear ventilated at all times.