Noise that is too loud can damage your hearing forever.
If you only spend a short time near a loud noise, the damage to your ears may not last. Your hearing can return after a few hours away from the noise. But if you keep spending time around a loud noise, your ears can’t recover and the damage lasts for life.
If you have to shout to be heard by someone one metre away, then your hearing is at risk.
Whether you’re at home, or out and about, it’s important to protect your hearing.
- Keep the noise level down – remember that devices like mp3 players and car stereos can damage your hearing if turned up too loud.
- Use noisy equipment only for short amounts of time – the louder the noise, the faster it can damage your hearing.
- Wear earplugs or earmuffs if you’re in a loud environment or using noisy equipment.
If you’re worried about noisy parties or other neighbourhood noise, contact your local council – see the front of the White Pages for their contact details.
ACC provides injury prevention information for New Zealanders.
Department of Labour
The Department of Labour produces several resources on avoiding hearing loss at work:
- A message to employees on avoiding hearing loss
- Listen – You might be going deaf
- Selection and use of hearing protectors
- Workplace noise factsheets
National Foundation for the Deaf
A non-profit organisation working to support New Zealanders with hearing loss.
Health information from the UK health system.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health information from the US government.