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Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Have you worked for many years in a noisy industry?

MAC have been providing services and aids to people who suffer from Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) for over 14 years, in fact, we were set up to service the needs of this group of people and have a unique level of experience and knowledge of the special considerations of treating NI.

If you have worked for many years in a noisy industry, are a musician exposed to loud music, listen to lots of very loud music or attend rock concerts regularly and you have not been wearing hearing protection you may have an NIHL?

We encourage you to have your hearing assessed and purchase hearing protection if you are exposing your ears to loud noise.

At MAC we offer a complete service for people who are exposed to loud noise. We offer assistance at all levels;

  • hearing assessments,
  • hearing aid solutions and fittings,
  • hearing accessories, tinnitus management,
  • hearing protection,
  • advice and support
  • we are accredited to provide services for WorkSafe Victoria and for Comcare.
We can also help you if you are thinking of making a worker's compensation claim.

Protect your hearing with custom made earplugs

All custom earplugs require ear impressions to be taken. An ear impression is a 'cast' of the outer ear and ear canal to determine your exact individual size and shape. Read more to find out how your audiologist will carry out the procedure and take the impressions.
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Treating noise-induced hearing loss

There are multiple consideration and some challenges when addressing the needs of people with Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). About 60% of our clients have NIHL and we believe our audiologists are amongst the most experienced in addressing the challenges that this type of loss poses and to ensure that you have a successful outcome.
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Damage to hair cells and nerve synapses

In its early stages, many people affected by noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) are unaware they have it. However, NIHL is insidious in nature; it increases slowly over the years of continued noise exposure. People who have worked for many years in a noisy industry will attest to the difficulties noise-induced hearing loss can cause.
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What are the safety limits for Noise Exposure?

The effect of noise on hearing is cumulative and is based on how often you are in noise, the time spent in noise and how loud it is. In the workplace, employers must ensure that workers are not exposed to more than 85dB over 8-hour shift (OH&S regulations). The time that can be spent in noise decreases as the loudness of the noise increases. This is also the benchmark to establish safe limits for noise exposure for recreational activities. Read more to see our diagram...
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