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Hearing Loss Scenarios for the Hygienist

Rupert was a reputed dental hygienist in town and his dedication towards patients made him one of the most approachable hygienists in town. He cleaned teeth, examined patients for any sign of oral disease, and educated patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. Rupert failed to pay any attention to hearing problem that he suffered from. Exposure to high levels of noise from ultrasonic instruments, suctions, and hand pieces made him lose his hearing capability gradually.

As a dental hygienist, you are demanded to work in dentists’ offices where you definitely have to encounter occupational hazards every day and hearing loss is one of them. Once this noise-induced hearing loss becomes permanent, recovery of hearing is impossible.

Every dental professional must note that the dental work does not cause sudden hearing loss. In the initial stages, the affected individual may not even perceive a change in hearing sensitivity. Gradually, these small changes in hearing sensitivity accumulate leading to a greater degree of hearing loss. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported that the noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common occupational injuries among dental professionals.

Today, manufacturers of modern dental drills and ultrasonic instruments do recommend the use of earplugs while operating them. The best way to prevent any hearing loss present in the work environment is to choose the right earplugs. This ensures the most efficient protection in a given environment.

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