Ear & Hearing Protection for DIY Enthusiast using Power Tools

When you have a job to do such as putting up shelving, laying laminate flooring or sanding down wood for a table, thinking about looking after your ears can be the last thing on your mind until you are suddenly reminded by the loud sound of your power tools.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

 

 

Constant exposure to the loudness level of motorcycling causes damage to the inner ear hair cells especially those responsible for high frequency hearing. Noise induced hearing loss is permanent and measures should be made to reduce the occurance of it. It is also noted that with noise induced hearing loss can result in tinnitus. Click here to find out what it is like to have noise induced hearing loss http://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/demonstration.htm

 

Tips For Protecting Your Ears Whilst Doing DIY

  • Know the loudness of the tools you are using
  • Make sure the ear deferender level covers the right decibel range for the tools you are using. 
  • Keep others especially children away from where you a using the power tools if they are wearing no ear protection
  • Look at getting quieter power tools (see below for some suggestions)

It is important that you protect your ears and hearing when doing DIY, powertools and working in dusty environments mean that your ears and hearing are succeptible to damage. We think that it's important you look in to protecting both your hearing and outer ears when thinking about doing DIY that can be loud and when debris can be flying about.

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Noise cancelling ear plugs are important when you are using loud work tools, drills and electric saws.

To protect your ears from debris and things moving about a work environment, look in to work hats and safety helmets and hard hats which can protect your head as well as your ears.

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Quick Tips

If you experience tinnitus the first person to talk to is your GP.