Although these noises can mean a condition ear protection known as tinnitus it doesn't necessarily mean you have it. More to the point, if you do, you may not have to suffer it permanently.
If buzzing in the ears persists after exposure to a noise you should wear hearing defenders. Having the ears checked out by an otolaryngologist or an audiologist to rule out causes that can be treated is key. Treatment involving drugs can sometimes help the tinnitus sufferer, but not by and large. A very new treatment called Xanax was found to be successful.
hearing protection and safety glasses are always needed. It doesn't matter if you're making a small cut or logging in the Yukon: wear them. Some areas require chainsaw training for professional and enforce a stiff fine for those who operate a chainsaw without proper safety gear. Who exactly enforces this- I have no idea.
If you have tinnitus, the first thing you need to do is make sure that there are no medical complications involved with your challenges. See a competent Ear Nose and Throat specialist who is qualified to make a proper diagnosis. There are a number of physical complications that can be identified as possible causes so it is best to eliminate these possibilities. My family doctor of years ago simply told me to live with it; right, "a life sentence." Not what I wanted to hear. So find the safety hearing right diagnosis.
If you haven't considered Electronic ear protection then this is another option, although the most expensive by a long shot. Electronic devices are fitted into earmuffs which reduce or remove any loud noises. They run off batteries, and are very sophisticated today. Many people who do shooting as a sport wear these, and they are good. At the end of the day ear plugs are just as good as ear muffs and vice versa as long as you use them for the right application.
You will know when you begin to have this hearing problem when you have a hard time hearing what someone is saying. You will probably have to move closer to that person and even tell them to repeat what they just said.
Remember that your wood shop is your area for peace and tranquility, so take your time planning it out efficiently and effectively. A well-organized shop will make your time woodworking more fun and enjoyable and safer.
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