Hearing Protection at Work

Sydney hearing assessmentHearing loss is usually permanent. Therefore, hearing protection is an important part of hearing health. Edgecliff Hearing offers a range of hearing protection options.

Water protection

Ideal for swimmers or surfers, swimmer earplugs keep water out of the ear canal. Ideal for anyone with a history of ear infections or ruptured eardrum.

Musician’s earplugs

For musicians, sound crew, DJ’s, bands or orchestras. These plugs reduce sounds by up to 25 decibels.

Industrial protection

For any worker exposed to loud industrial noises, such as construction workers or heavy equipment operators. These earplugs can protect workers’ hearing by reducing dangerously loud noises by up to 40 decibels.

Protecting your hearing from excessive noise

It is a mistake to believe that only noises loud enough to cause earache are capable of causing damage. The inner ear can still be harmed by noise, even when it doesn't send you a pain signal. A rule of thumb is: if you need to shout to be heard over the noise, it's potentially damaging.

Below is an audiogram that shows the pitch (Hz) and loudness (dB) of common everyday environmental sounds and speech sounds.

Sounds that cause hearing loss


Suggestions on how to protect your ears from noise include:

  • Avoid exposure to noise when you can.
  • Consult with your occupational health and safety officer at work if you are concerned about noise levels in the workplace.
  • When unavoidably exposed to loud noise, wear personal hearing protection such as earplugs, ear muffs or both.
  • Wear earplugs in noisy environments such as discos, rock concerts or motor racing events.
  • Remember that everyday equipment such as lawnmowers, power tools and personal stereos, may be loud enough to be damaging your ears.

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