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… Recreational shooting
… Swimming & surfing
Participating in sports is great fun and
a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy.
But did you realise there are a variety of sports that can
affect a person’s ears and even impact on a person’s ability to hear?
While we don’t want to encourage all of the active people out there to give up their favourite sporting activities, at Hearing Link Tasmania we do encourage that the necessary equipment is used to protect your ears and hearing.
Healthy bodies and healthy ears – that’s what we’re aiming for.
Have a read below about some of the sports that Tasmanians enjoy. Our aim is to provide the appropriate ear and hearing protection so that Tasmanians can continue to enjoy these sports for years to come.
Motorbike and motor cross
Hearing loss is a common problem for people who regularly ride motorcycles.
Many people think that hearing loss can be caused by the bikes themselves being noisy, but in reality most motorcycles operate at well below the 85dB noise level at which hearing damage occurs.
What few motorcyclists realise is that motorcycle helmets don’t reduce wind noise levels sufficiently to protect the rider’s hearing from damage. Sustained wind noise at anything faster than 40kph can be of an intensity to cause hearing loss. The greater the speed you ride at, the greater the intensity of the wind noise and the more likely it is that your hearing will be affected.
All riders, whether they are commuters, weekend riders, racers (off road and track), distance travellers or trail riders should consider using ear plugs when they ride their motorcycles. While expanding foam ear plugs are a cheap solution, they can only be used once before being thrown out. Ideally the plugs should be custom moulded to the rider’s ear, cleanable and kept in a sanitised container when not in use.
If you would like to discuss your motorbike riding ear plug requirements and explore the range of options available, contact the Hearing Link Tasmania offices to talk to people who understand what hearing loss for riders is and how to best keep your hearing intact.
Shooting has long been a popular sport in Tasmania. The most common types of shooting are competitive and recreational forms of rifle, pistol, clay target and shotgun sports. Many people also take part in field and game shooting activities.
There are a number of shooting-related associations in Tasmania who can provide information about how to get involved these sports.
One of the first steps for getting started as a shooter is to find out about hearing protection that is suitable for the particular type of shooting activity you’re interested in.
The shock waves from shotguns and rifles usually rates at between 120 and 140 dB which is at least 12 times the safe level for hearing health. Because the shooting is only done from one side of the body, shooting enthusiasts who shoot commonly develop a condition known as ‘shooters ear’ meaning that one ear has greater hearing loss than the other.
Shooters who don’t use hearing protection when shooting, usually need hearing aids much earlier than people who either use hearing protection or don’t shoot at all.
Special hearing muffs for shooters are available from Hearing Link Tasmania that will reduce the risk of severe hearing loss among shooters. To get advice about hearing protection for recreational shooting, please contact us today.
You can browse the full range of our hearing protection gear on our online shop here.
Swimming & surfing
Swimming is a popular sport and recreation activity for many Tasmanians. Whether it’s young children, adults or seniors, swimmers often rely on ear protection to ensure that their ears remain dry and to prevent infection. There is also a big surfing scene here on the Apple Isle.
A common condition experienced by swimmers is otisis externa, or swimmer’s ear, which is an infection in the external ear and outer ear canal caused by waterlogging of the ear. Symptoms of swimmer’s ear include inflammation and pain in and around the ear, itchiness and visible signs of inflammation. Swimmer’s ear is quite common in Tasmania because the water temperatures are so cold – so beware surfers!
There are a number of ways to minimise the impacts of swimmer’s ear for you and your family. To find out more, contact us today or take a look at the customised earmold products available for swimmers and surfers on our online shop here.