We all know the yellow sponge ear plugs they sell at some stores or pharmacies, but did you know that they can actually prevent temporary hearing loss from exposure to noise?
In recent years, the percentage of adolescents and young people with hearing loss has increased considerably. It is estimated that this is 31% in the last two decades. This is due to the increase in exposure to recreational noise , since young people frequently attend concerts, festivals, clubs or bars where music levels reach up to 110 dB . These levels can cause damage to our hearing after 15 minutes of exposure causing a hearing loss.
In a recent study, researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands measured the effectiveness of disposable earplugs in youngsters who attended a music festival for 4 or 5 hours. One group used the plugs throughout their stay and another did not, finding that only 8% of the participants who used the plugs had a slight change in their hearing after the concert, in contrast to the other group in which changes were observed in Hearing in 42% of subjects.
In addition to this result, a lower percentage of participants who used the caps had tinnitus; That annoying ringing in the ears after being exposed to high noise levels (12% versus 40% in the group that did not use the plugs). This proves that the use of earplugs is effective in preventing temporary hearing loss caused by high levels of music. So the use of these should be promoted to avoid, in the future, a permanent hearing loss.
It is also important to mention that the placement of the best ear plugs must be adequate. Protecting them will depend on how well they are. To place a stopper it is important with clean hands to crush it by turning with your fingers until it is perfectly compressed without losing its cylindrical shape. Then pull the ear opposite the ear up and back and insert the plug. Finally with the tip of the finger you have to hold the plug in place until it expands completely.
Disposable stoppers are easy to use and can be reused 2 or 3 times.
At hearing aid guide we care about your hearing and that is why we have all kinds of noise stoppers and can guide you in what is the best for you and how it should be placed to give you the best protection.