Operational Audio Divsion FAQs
Q: Why do my ears keep ringing?
A: Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, may be an indication that you have been over-exposed to hazardous noise levels. Periodic tinnitus is usually not a concern, but constant and/or pulsing tinnitus generally requires an evaluation by an Audiologist. Refer to your Medical Provider.
Q: Can loud music cause hearing loss?
A: The short answer is “Yes.” Any type of music, when played at loud intensity levels, especially overlong time periods, can cause damage to the ear. If you work around hazardous noise, you must give you ears time to relax – “quiet time” – this is a healthy hearing lifestyle.
Q: What do you think is the most important element of the Hearing Conservation Program?
A: Your ability to properly and consistently use hearing protection when you are exposed to noise may be the most important element that you can personally control. Use of adequate protection at every noise exposure event will prevent loss of hearing.
Q: What do the numbers mean on the hearing test?
A: Low numbers mean you heard the tone at preferred levels. Having your numbers at, or below, 25 typically indicates normal hearing.
Q: How frequently should you obtain certification of your sound booth?
A: To ensure that ambient sound inside your booth is not interfering with your hearing test capability, certify your booth at least once yearly, if concerns arise in your test data, or physical movement of the booth occurs. Contact NEPMU FIVE Operational Audiology Division for more information.