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#1 posted 04-14-2008 10:57 PM

My injury is one that you just don’t think about until it is too late. Always wear hearing protection. I expect some of you are saying, ’ yeah, it is getting harder to hear as we get older’. I am here to tell you that the routers, shop vac’s , planers, all that stuff is so loud that it will steal some of your hearing when you are using it. It is just like that too, it steals your hearing a little at a time. I am now deaf, completely, part of the problem was a genetic tendency towards deafness, but even though, no one else was affected this profoundly. You never know, always wear hearing protection. I now provide hearing protection for my friends and family visiting my shop. I also had cochlear implant surgery to hear. This is my biggest pet peeve and so I will now get down off of my soapbox. Just think about me sneaking in your shop to check to see if you are wearing hearing protection, or if you are letting something steal your hearing.

-- Berta in NC

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