Ask the

Jamie Shumaker and Robyn Wilkes,
Doctors of Audiology

Q. Should hunters be concerned
about their hearing?


Among the many safety precautions that should be
taken by hunters, protecting your hearing should be near the top
of the list. Exposure to sounds greater than 85 dB can permanently
damage your hearing. The damage is dependent on the amount
of time exposed to the noise and the loudness of the sound. The
louder the sound, the shorter the duration of time before hearing
loss occurs.
Unfortunately, almost all firearms create noise that
exceeds140dB. Just one brief exposure to a sound that loud can
cause permanent and irreversible damage to your hearing. An
additional consequence of exposure to loud noise is the possibility
of developing tinnitus. Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized
by persistent ringing in one or both ears. Individuals who experience
tinnitus have also described it as whistling, hissing, buzzing, or
pulsing in the ear. The effects range from slight annoyance to a
severe disruption of everyday life.

How to Protect Your Hearing While Hunting

If you’re one of the many hunters heading for the woods
this fall, there are measures you can take to reduce your chance
of causing a noise induced hearing loss starting with the use of
hearing protection. Numerous products are available specifically for
hunters. Some devices will cancel out loud noises (over 80 decibels
for example), but will transmit and amplify speech and other nondamaging sounds below that level.
If you are a hunter who doesn’t wear hearing protection, don’t be
fooled into thinking that just because you don’t notice an immediate
loss of hearing, you aren’t damaging your hearing. Reduce your risk
of damage to your hearing. Call our office today, we can provide
guidance in the proper selection of hearing protection.

If you have difficulty hearing or have
questions about hearing loss, please call our
office to schedule an appointment:
(334) 702-4327
We focus on providing Quality Service, Quality Care, and Quality Products!

(334) 702-4327

Dothan Office: 200 Grove Park Lane, Suite 800, Dothan, AL 36305
Enterprise Office: Co-located with Dr. Scott Charlton, 101 E. Brunson St., Ste 102, Enterprise, AL 36330

200 GROVE PARK STE 800, DOTHAN, AL 36305


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