Teamwork is a remarkable thing. Some may even consider it a phenomenon. Getting a large group of people to work together towards a common goal is a difficult, daunting task that even some of the world’s most powerful organizations and influential leaders have difficulties with. Good teamwork takes frequent communication. It takes focus, organization, and the inclination for everyone to contribute their fair share to help achieve goals. Most importantly, a good team needs individuals that are willing to support one another, even if it means going above and beyond their daily job responsibilities.
Background noise can and will distract the person being tested during a hearing examination. The only background noises that should be heard are what you administer during the various stages of the hearing test. Any other sound and noise out of your control is disruptive and can affect test results.
Which hearing protection products are the “best?” It’s a subjective question, and to determine the correct answer is a near-impossible task. We recently did the research, scouring through website after website to get a consensus opinion of which products are most preferred by people who frequently need their hearing protected. In the end, our efforts uncovered one thing: opinions are varied.
Are you looking to upgrade your industrial audiometry equipment? e3 Diagnostics has a selection of audiometers for occupational health professionals available from the world’s leading manufacturers. Here are Four worth checking out:
Excessive exposure to loud noise is an unfortunate aspect of many jobs. When anyone is exposed to 8 hours of 85 dBA or higher every workday, without proper protection, damage can and usually does occur. So, which tools and equipment generate damaging levels of noise on the jobsite? Here’s a list of the top ten culprits, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Over the last several decades, the entertainment industry has produced numerous films and television shows that focus on characters who have some degree of hearing loss. One of the most memorable examples is The Miracle Worker (1962), the true story of Annie Sullivan teaching Helen Keller to understand words through signs and motions made with her fingers in Keller’s hands. It’s a powerful, well-written film that’s elevated by strong, Oscar-winning performances from Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.
Loss of balance is an all-too-common symptom in medical conditions associated with aging. The brain, muscles, bones, nerves and inner ear all work together to maintain the body’s balance. Because vestibular dysfunction makes it difficult for a person to maintain their balance, they are highly susceptible to falling, which makes it extremely important for them to remain active.
The Video Head Impulse Test, or vHIT, is an instrumented technique that is used to help diagnose reduction in vestibular function in one ear versus the other. Using a lightweight, high-speed video goggle to measure left or right eye velocity and record any abnormalities, vHIT gives hearing health professionals the ability to quickly and objectively measure the vestibular ocular reflex (VOR) in response to a patient’s head movements within the normal range of daily motions.
There are no secret remedies that a person can rub into their ears to miraculously treat their hearing loss, nor is there is a “Get Your Hearing Back in 3 Weeks Diet.” No shortcuts like that exist. However, studies have shown that your diet can affect your hearing health.
Ototoxicants are chemicals that have been identified by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) as causing hearing loss and balance issues when inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested. They are found in some pesticides, solvents, medications, and other chemicals found workplaces. And, according to OSHA, their negative effect on a person’s hearing increases when workers are also exposed to elevated noise levels.