Learn more about our specialty clinics including hearing protection, decreased sound tolerance, hearing aids for health and aging.
Our clinic is open to the public and provides a range of services including specialty clinics.
- Hearing protection
- Decreased sound tolerance
- Hearing aids for health
Hearing Protection Clinic
The Hearing Protection Clinic is designed to assist those who are exposed to high noise levels which can affect your hearing. This includes musicians, construction workers, those who shoot for work or recreation and more.
About 150,000 New Zealanders have some form of hearing loss attributed to exposure to loud noise.
The Department of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health regulations allow for a maximum exposure to sound of 85 decibels over an eight-hour day without the use of hearing protection.
Sounds at 100–110 decibels can damage hearing after 15 minutes’ exposure.
Sounds at 110–120 decibels can damage hearing exposures after just 30 seconds.
The sound levels at musical concerts can peak at 110-120 decibels, which means that musicians run a very real risk of hearing loss.
What are the warning signs?
Your hearing system may not give you any warnings. Some do experience temporary tinnitus or muffled hearing after performances. Both these symptoms indicate a musician’s hearing is at risk of permanent damage if the exposure to loud sounds continues.
Hearing protection for musicians
Wear musicians’ earplugs designed to protect hearing without adversely affecting how the musician hears music. Unlike conventional earplugs, musicians earplugs preserve sound quality, while at the same time reducing the level of exposure to sound. They can even be designed to reduce specific pitches.
After a loud concert or practice, avoid loud music or other loud sounds (from power tools, for example) for at least 16 hours. It is advised to have regular hearing tests.
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