It is important to put all requisite and precautions that are envisaged at protecting the
ears and the entire process of hearing. The hearing is a fundamental attribute of human beings
and it makes it possible for communication to be complete. Without proper ear protection, the
individuals can be at a higher risk of becoming hearing-impaired, meaning they will not have
clear senses to hear. Therefore, there ought to be measures and precautions that are meant for
protecting the ears. There are different types of ear protection that are critical to safeguarding
the health of workers especially those working in the industries. It is obvious that many
industries in both the processing and manufacturing world emit a loud noise. The noise that is
emitted from machines is harmful to the health of individuals. According to the occupational
safety and health procedures, it is essential for workers to protect their ears. The respective
companies and supervisors must always lay emphasis on ensuring companies strictly adhere
to the procedures. The procedures not only protect the workers but also give the company a
good reputation for compliance with the government regulations.
Moreover, the ear protection procedures as stipulated in the occupational safety and
health necessitate adherence to the procedures. Through the adherence to the procedures, the
company can enhance cost-efficiency meaning it will incur less cost in having to compensate
workers who get injured or get their ears affected while working in industries. Therefore, the
occupational safety and health procedures are all crucial in protecting the ears of workers. For
instance, through using helmets and other ear protection devices are critical in protecting the
ears from any foreign particles and excessive noise that is harmful to the ears.
Furthermore, there are many distractions that are harmful to the ears. First, loud music
is a major challenge. Loud music is one of the most common and widespread forms of ear
distraction. Loud noise is not only as a result of emission from industries and machines but
also from other environmental noise pollutants. For instance, loud music that can either be
played on a bus or any other social gathering can affect the eardrums of individuals making
the hearing sense to be impaired in a great deal. Also, noise can be as a result of people
shouting or projecting noise directly to the ear hence irritating the ear and making the whole
process to be harmful. It is critical for the companies to implement the occupational health
and safety regulations in the entire operations for they have lots of benefits to both the
workforce and the profitability of the business.
Additionally, water intrusion is another distraction to the ears of individuals. It is true
that water intrusion is the entrance of water directly into the eardrum that usually affects the
pressure in the ears (Chang et al.). Water intrusion is a dangerous and risky affair that if not
managed will cause permanent damage to the eardrum and hence affect the performance of
the same. Whenever the ears are damaged, life becomes difficult to communicate effectively.
The communication channel is affected because other people, especially those who have little
knowledge and skills on how to use signs will find it hard to communicate. The huddle is
usually experienced when the perceptions of other people are negative. The other individuals
may lack the patience to repeat their messages, since they may deem lack of hearing as a
problem of once making.
That aside, there are other foreign particles that are harmful to the ears of people.
Foreign particles that find their way into the ear canal are dangerous to the health of
individuals. The foreign particles may cause irritation and a varied level of discomfort. The
presence of foreign particles is a major hindrance to the better working of the ears. Through
the elimination of foreign particles, the ears are bound to be functioning better (Nandi et al.).
The proper functioning of the ears is a good sign and indicator of the protection of the ears.
Therefore, for the proper functioning of the ears, there ought to be strict precautionary
measures that will eliminate all sorts of foreign particles.
On the other hand, dust is another distractor to the ears of human beings. It is quite
evident that dust is a major foreign particle that affects the health of the ears. Dust usually
gets into the ear canal and when not trapped in entirety finds its way into the inner core of the
ears. It is vital to recognize that the ear has some adaptations that trap the dust. Even though
the adaptations are responsible for that role, it is obvious that some dust may end up
penetrating into the inner ear. The dust affects the comfort and the better functionality of the
ear. It behooves individuals to always take measures and wear protective devices like
earplugs and earmuffs to minimize the dust that gets into the ear canal.
Furthermore, cold is a major distractor that affects the ears. Someone may just wonder
what effect cold can cause to the ear. The principle of bacteria thriving in a damp
environment is real and it applies here. Cold is a major cause of ear problems that affect the
better functioning of the ear. Many ear infections are as a result of a conducive environment
for bacteria growth. The cold gives bacteria a better surrounding to cause the infections and
in the spreading of the same. Ear infections are a severe problem that can affect the right
functioning of the ear (Marshall et al). Also, ear infections can cause irritation and sensitivity.
If not controlled and treated in earlier stages ear infections can cause the individuals to lose
the hearing ability rendering them deaf. To prevent cold from affecting the ears, the
individuals ought to wear the protective devices and whatever can help them to keep warm.
All these are done in the pursuit to protect the ears.
Another foreign agent that pauses the ears of individuals a health risk is the presence
of excessive wind that may blow into the ears. A blow of wind changes the entire pressure
within the ear of the individual. Change of pressure in the ear has alarming effects.
Besides that, there are several ear protection devices. First, the earplugs are devices which are
fitted on the ear canal to significantly protect the individual from loud noises in the
surrounding. In the earplugs, there are the foam earplugs, the silicon earplugs, and the
universal earplugs. Whatever is unique with the silicon earplugs is that they can only be used
once and disposed of without being reused in the protection. The foam earplugs are most
common in industries and in building and construction sites. The visitors to such facilities are
given foam earplugs to protect their ears from loud noise and foreign particles such as dust.
Similarly, the universal earplugs also seal the ears completely.
That aside, we have the wax balls. Wax balls are designed to give the ears a complete
sealing. Also, earmuffs are an example of ear protection devices. The earmuffs are designed
to prevent distraction such as loud noise and are inserted in the ears and sometimes can
accompany safety helmets to protect the ear from distractions. Even people especially
students who want to lean with less distraction from the surrounding world can resolve to use
Moreover, people like musicians use otoplastics. These are customized to fit into the
ears of the individuals and hence fitted in their ears. The otoplastics can be used for a couple
of years meaning they are fundamental (Laclos). Therefore all the examples of the ear
protection devices above all important and are meant to protect the users from all manner of
distractions that will affect the better performance and functionality of the ear. The main
challenge of using some devices is that they may cause a slight irritation on the ear and even
make the users be uncomfortable whereas in use.
Finally, the National Institute for occupational safety and health (NIOSH) together
with the American Industrial Hygiene Association stipulate the requisite procedures that
individual workers in an industry should practice while in their day to day activities to reduce
the level of effect to their ears. All such regulatory organizations are important in the entire
process of enforcement of the laws that govern the ear hygiene. It, therefore, necessitates the
strict adherence to the laws governing the safety and protection of ears by both the industrial
workers and the visitors to such facilities. Through the strict adherence to the set down
regulations, the safety of individuals is a guarantee. Ear protection is something to be given
serious attention for it deserves such. Organizations and industries ought to pass their workers
through rigorous training to enhance adherence to the procedures.
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