On Thursday 4th February, between 9.00 am and 12.00 noon, representatives from Hearing Australia will be visiting, along with a bus equipped to facilitate hearing tests. These will be offered free. Any advice provided, or arrangements made as a result, will be strictly between you as the individual and Hearing Australia, the Men's Shed will not in any way be involved.
The Be Fitter program has recommenced. Obviously, there have been some changes in the way we organize the activities, however, participants will still gain the benefits of a tailored physical activity.
The program will be conducted in the Long Shed, commencing at 6:45am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings each week, and concluding a little before 8:00am. We will move into the Health Annexe as soon as it becomes available.
As before, it will consist of a warm-up, some stretches, a series of exercises designed to target specific body parts, endurance, strength and power, and finish with a cooldown and relaxation session.
You will need to bring:-
Social distancing will be expected of participants. Hand sanitizer will be available for use at the sessions.
Attendees will need to sign in, providing your phone number for Covid19 tracking purposes.
I look forward to seeing all of the Be Fitter members and any newcomers on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the future. New members will need to speak with me and have a medical clearance from the Doctor in order to attend our program.
On Tuesday 19 November 2019 Nick Parkyn from Bloom Hearing Specialists spoke about hearing loss or, more importantly, how to keep what we still have.
Nick Parkyn and the Shed's Owen Curtis at the Health Talk
Hearing loss is related to exposure to noise energy over time. The national workplace standards define the maximum allowable noise exposure as 85dBA for 8 hours. 85dBA is approximately the sound level of a hair dryer. If the noise energy is doubled the dBA increases by only 3 dBA and the exposure must be halved to remain compliant. It's important to note that double the noise energy will not sound twice as loud, it is a modest but noticeable increase in volume.
There are a number of ways to reduce the noise energy reaching the ears, the most obvious one in our control is hearing protection. In a work situation there are rules and the foreman enforcing use of hearing protection. In the shed, or at home, it's up to us to exercise the discipline of maintaining our hearing. There was some discussion on how to manage this at the NMS, i.e. how to warn others that you are about to operate loud machinery. No conclusion was reached other than we don't want to be too prescriptive but rather let members take on the responsibility themselves.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a common complaint among the more mature crowd common in the shed. This is an indication of hearing damage and a simplified explanation is the brain increasing the sensitivity to make up for the hearing loss causing the background ringing sound. In some cases use of hearing aids will allow the brain to reduce the sensitivity back to normal levels reducing the tinnitus.
Nick covered a number of other topics including hearing aids and cochlear implants, however the main thrust was emphasizing that loss is permanent and we need to protect what we still have. He left a number of resources for further information including a fact sheet called Noise, Hearing Protection and You. Additional information is also available on the Bloom Hearing website.