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We would like to say a huge congratulations to Steve Kirby who won the English Open High Gun at the English Open Handicap by Distance held at Nottingham & District on 5th April 2015. Steve is one of our loyal clients and a regular competitor in clay pigeon shooting competitions throughout the year and is fast becoming one of England’s champion shooters.
Unfortunately, his choice of sport exposes him to a greater risk of long-term and potentially irreversible damage to his hearing health, such as noise-induced hearing loss. Sounds can be harmful when they are too loud, even for a brief time like a gun shot, or when they are both loud and long-lasting. Steve uses CENS® ProFlex digital 2 ear protectors which are purposefully designed to provide excellent ear protection for rifle and shotgun shooters. If you are worried about your hearing health and would like to find out more about how you can protect your ears, then contact the Hearing Healthcare Centre. Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) is a medical emergency defined as an individual experiencing at least 30 dB (decibels) of sensorineural hearing loss occurring over a time period of three days or less.
Sudden sensorineural hearing losses are most commonly associated with head trauma (such as a car accident), acoustic trauma (such as being too close to a gun or firecrackers when they explode), viral infections, tumors, decreased circulation to the inner ear, membrane breaks, medication for erectile dysfunction or ototoxic drug exposure.
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss affects approximately 5-20 people per 100,000 population per year. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a complicated condition which must be fully evaluated by an otolaryngologist before a treatment plan can be established.
Sudden sensorineural hearing losses requires immediate comprehensive medical examination and specialty care from an Otologist, who is an otolaryngologist (ENT) who has undergone two additional years of training and specializes in issues related hearing only. Click here to make an appointment with the California Ear Institute to consult with one of our board certified Otologists regarding your condition. Medical Website Design - Websites for Doctors of Otology, Audiology, Ears & Hearing by Vital Element, Inc.

These sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss. I use my ear protectors every time I shoot, and find they not only protect my ears but block out noise from the other contestants and spectators increasing my concentration and improving my performance’.
Hearing loss caused by an ear infection, sinus infection, or wax build up is conductive in nature and is generally temporary. With appropriate medical treatment and therapy, individuals with SSHL can make a partial or even full recovery.
Luckily noise-induced hearing loss is something you can prevent, if you take the correct precautions.
The numbers below represent the softest intensity that sound delivered in decibels is perceived by an individual tested with pure tone air conduction testing. According to the The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) noise levels at various locations in all the major Indian metros are far above permissible limits (100 to 140 dB, the WHO cut-off is 85 dB). But it's not just the number of vehicles on the road and heavy machinery in factories and industries that's contributing to the din. The past decade has seen MP3 players and iPods that deliver music at concert-level decibels. Even while you get used to it and consciously filter out the background noise, your body continues to be under assault.
The acoustic garbage that litters the airwaves 24x7 has pretty serious health consequences.Loud noise doesn't just lead to hearing problems. It may also lead to sleep disturbances and stress (and associated conditions), gastric troubles, impaired immunity and heart disease," says Prevention advisor Prof Arun Aggarwal, dean and director, head of the ENT Department at Delhi's Maulana Azad Medical College. In fact, a 2011 WHO report quantified the consequences of noise on the urban European population.

Those working in factories or offices with heavy machinery use, clubs and other places of entertainment, or people staying in very high-traffic locations are vulnerable. The Dangerous Decibels: High decibels cause trauma to the ears-both, the duration and intensity of the noise matters. Dr Kaushik Das, consultant ENT surgeon at AMRI Hospital and Columbia Asia Hospital, Kolkata explains the mechanism of noise-induced hearing loss: if its explosive (say, a gunshot or fireworks), it can instantly and irreversibly damage your hearing by causing the eardrum to rupture.
If its brief yet loud, it can cause what is known as temporary threshold shift (the dullness or ringing in your ears after, say, a rock concert) that usually goes away in 48 hours.
But when you are exposed to loud noise (over 85 DB) repeatedly, continuously and over extended periods of time, the threshold shift gradually becomes permanent, leading to irreversible hearing loss.
How the Damage is Caused: This hearing loss is caused due to damage to the minute hair cells in the inner ear that transmit sound to the auditory nerves.
Use noise cancelling earphones to muffle background sound while using your iPod or MP3 in public places. Place a towel or a mat at the base of your grinder or blender while using it to dampen the sound. Avoid unnecessary car alarms, avoid honking randomly, don't burst firecrackers, get your vehicles serviced regularly, dont remove the silencer from motorbikes, follow the 10-pm rule for loudspeaker use.How Much is Too Much?Habitual exposure to noise levels above 85 dB may lead to gradual hearing loss.

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