Hearing Loss Among Police Officers Put Into Focus
L.E. officers encounter various noises that can affect their ability to hear later in their careers.
BY PAUL PELUSO
CREATED: JUNE 26, 2014
In the field and in training, law enforcement officers encounter various noises that can affect their ability to hear later in their careers, and for the rest of their lives.
Diane Nens, an audiologist with hi HealthInnovations spoke to Officer.com about ways officers can spot the warning signs and prevent and treat hearing loss.
According to Nens, 10 million Americans have suffered noise-induced hearing loss and another 30 million are exposed to dangerous levels every day.
“Police officers are exposed to noise on a daily basis,” she said. “They are exposed to gunfire and they are exposed to a lot of noise even through their radios systems and traffic.”
With hearing being a necessary tool for officers, Nens stressed the importance of maintaining their hearing levels and finding ways to prevent hearing loss.
“It’s critical that the police officers are hearing well because they have to be able to understand speech, localize where sounds are coming from and be able to respond appropriately to both speech as well as environmental sounds,” she said.