Surprisingly, common everyday activities can damage hearing for example:
- Don't drive continuously with the window open - or suffer other noisy activity - without considering the effect on your hearing
- If you are engaged in clay pigeon shooting or live quarry you share this risk. Protection from earplugs, custom fit solutions, and ear defenders are available
- Carry earplugs with you if you ride a motorbike. It's definitely an activity for which you should consider earplugs – even with your helmet on. And don’t forget your pillion rider.
This precaution also applies to similar “machinery”, at work and play, which gives out a similar level of decibels. Earplugs need not be expensive; you can buy disposable ones. Or you can invest extra to have some moulded and custom fit to your ears. For that reason, extra sets of disposables are a good idea to keep in your toolbox, kit bag or gun case.
Links below provide information if you listen to music a lot and if you are unsure whether you already suffer damaged hearing, test your hearing on this site.