Noise is unwanted sound
Barking dogs, loud music, passing traffic, lawnmowers, industrial noise. Studies show that over 40 per cent of Australians are disturbed at home or lose sleep because of noise pollution. Everyone reacts differently to noise. What can be unbearable for one person may pass almost unnoticed by another. How annoyed we become depends on the loudness, time, place and frequency of noise. Distinct features of noise, such as screeches or rumbles, are also important.
Noise is measured on the decibel scale. Noise levels referred to as decibels on the (A) scale (written as dB(A)) are a good indicator of people’s response to noise. State government regulations state that our maximum daily noise dose should be no more than the equivalent of 85dB(A) for eight hours a day. Permanent hearing damage is likely to occur if this daily dose is exceeded repeatedly. Prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85dB(A) can damage inner ear cells and lead to hearing loss. At first, hearing loss is usually temporary and recovery takes place over a few days. After further exposure, a person may not fully recover their initial level of hearing — irreversible damage will have been done, causing deafness. The extent of deafness depends on the degree of exposure and individual susceptibility. Even brief exposure to very high levels of 130dB(A) or more can cause instant, irreversible hearing damage.
Taking precaution can prevent hearing loss. We make personalized earplugs, whether it is for industrial noise, hunting, shooting or swimming. Just book an appointment with Falls of Sound to take the impressions of your ear so we can make your unique, customised plugs.
Protection Ear Plugs
Custom made ear protection plugs are the best solutions if you are serious about protecting your hearing. Especially if you find yourself in a noisy environment regularly, like a workplace for instance, because:
- They are easy to insert and remove
- They are custom-fit to your ear, making them more comfortable
- The materials we use are durable and long-lasting
- There are no occlusion effects
An easy and custom-made solution to help you sleep through noises at night. These will help block out snoring, air conditioning, street noise, aeroplane cabin sounds and anything that might disturb your sleep. These plugs are made to fit your ear and designed to be comfortable when sleeping on your side as well.
Water Protection Plugs
Ideal for swimmers and surfers, water protection plugs help prevent ear infections and keep water out of the ears while in the pool or ocean. While not recommended for diving, this earplug is perfect for anyone with a history of ear infections or a ruptured eardrum, still wanting to enjoy the water.
Suitable for anyone listening to or playing music, this plus is also very popular with dentist and dentist workers. Musician plugs are designed to reduce the overall dosage of sound, without compromising the music quality or conversations. These come with filters adapted to the level of noise needing to be cancelled to make sure you still hear as much as you need to without damaging your ears.
Personalized Mobile Phone & iPod Ear Plug
This type of mould attached to the earphones provided with portable iPod, MP3, Cd player as well as mobile phones and portable hands-free communication line. The earphone is pressure fit into the mould and provides increased comfort and directionality of sound, cuts out background noise as compared with the standard Head-Phone normally supplied with the device. Personal initial available if required. An impression of the ear is needed; this can be done by our hearing professionals.
Audiometric testing is conducted to the Australian Standard AS/NZS1269.4:2005 in a Sound booth using the latest in computer-based audiometric software with calibrated equipment. Reports from our testing can be provided to the employee and/or employer on the same day as the testing is performed. All audiometric testing is undertaken by a qualified hearing professional.