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Treatment Considerations of NIHL

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.

The considerations of NIHL include:

  • The correct selection and fitting of hearing aids. This can be challenging because of the type of hearing loss that is caused by noise. Our audiologists need to consider things like the "steepness" and shape of the audiogram, cochlear dead zones and balancing comfort and performance. The experience of our audiologists means that they have seen and addressed all of these challenges when fitting hearing aids to people with NIHL in the past
  • The use of accessories; to help you hear the TV better, to hear better at meetings, for the phone and to hear over a distance. We offer a range of hearing aid add-ons and accessories from leading suppliers 
  • Managing any associated tinnitus. At MAC our audiologists offer you a holistic approach to tinnitus management 
  • Protecting the remaining hearing from further damage with the use of appropriate hearing protection

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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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.
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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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