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RedWingsDet
12-09-2004, 06:46 PM
Hey guys, I havent been posting to much lately, but incase you dont know, im 16, and cut about 40-50 lawns in the season.

Well guys, I used those big goofy ear muff things in the begining of the year for about a month, then got sick of them (made your ear sweat and gave me pimples and crap). So I quit wearing them. Well I went to the doc the other day, I havent been hearing good lately so they ran a hearing test, and they said I didnt do to good on it, so I have to go in for further testing on monday.

Anyway, I really dont think this should happen after one year, I know people who have been doing this for 10+ years and have no hearing problems. Seems quite odd...

I also have a small hernia (hopefully it'll go away if I take it easy for a while), high blood pressure, and something about my thyroid, and some other crap :(

Anyway, not looking for sympathy, just wondering if anyone else has had bad ears or ear after one freaking year. And I wasnt even going full time until the summer. Oh, and its only my right ear. This will suck if im 16 with a hearing aid, but hopefully I wont have to get one :) I guess ill be back to those goofy muff things, or atleast plugs.

Thanks Guys. Have a good Holiday Season!

packerbacker
12-09-2004, 06:50 PM
Ive lost about 20% of my hearing over the last 10 years. I finally started wearing ear plugs last summer, my hearing seems to have leveled off but the biggest difference is i dont get headaches anymore.


Your 16? You sound like your 60. take care of yourself.

out4now
12-09-2004, 06:57 PM
I never used to wear them when I first started and I have hearing damage but it was more from Heavy Metal concerts and headphones turned up too loud. Started wearing earplugs at work because the safety ploicy at the school changed and was wearing those and disposable dust masks until I left. The other guys would go out of their way to not use the stuff and risked write ups fro the safety director.

bobbygedd
12-09-2004, 06:58 PM
headphones and shades kid, always always always. not only do they protect me, they also make me look cool. hope your health problems improve.

K c m
12-09-2004, 07:00 PM
Im blind as a bat. so the shades dont work for me. :realmad:

RedWingsDet
12-09-2004, 07:04 PM
Thanks Guys

I always wear shades, I have a customer whos a firefighter, and my uncle is too. When I first started they told me what they've seen because not wearing protection (on their eyes, lol). So it scared the heck out of me, and now always wear eye protection. I just never thought the hearing could get bad after one year!

YardPro
12-09-2004, 07:11 PM
at a minimum get the insert type ear plugs

bobbygedd
12-09-2004, 07:13 PM
yea but, don't insert them where yardpro does, remember, EARPLUGS ONLY GO IN YOUR EARS

RedWingsDet
12-09-2004, 07:18 PM
at a minimum get the insert type ear plugs

ya im going to use those next year. But I asked for some Peltors for x-mas, and im 99% sure ill get them! Plus I can use em when im jogging/running/working out :)

Mo Green
12-09-2004, 07:22 PM
Sorry to hear about your health problems. FYI, hernias don't go away. I just has surgery last year for one. The more you let it go, the worse it can become. The worse it becomes, the more involved the surgery, and more painful the recovery. These are some pretty rough health problems for a 16 year old. Are you overweight, or have these health problems in your family?

RedWingsDet
12-09-2004, 07:35 PM
Sorry to hear about your health problems. FYI, hernias don't go away. I just has surgery last year for one. The more you let it go, the worse it can become. The worse it becomes, the more involved the surgery, and more painful the recovery. These are some pretty rough health problems for a 16 year old. Are you overweight, or have these health problems in your family?

Well, the hernia started with a groind pull in June, I thought it would go away, but lately its been killing so I went to the doc and he said it was a small hernia and should go away, but you said it wont? Geeze this really sucks.

I had to go to the doc, because I cant remeber anything or concentrate in school, and when people tell me stuff I have to ask them the same question like 5 times to remember, I've been loosing my hair too. And it might be something related to a thyroid problem cause its in the family.

And sense I was going to the doc I told him about my hearing.

The high blood pressure I think is related to the stress, but who knows.

Im not really over weight. im 5" 10" and weigh 160#. Im a pretty big 16 year old, but more strong then fat I'd say maybe 5-10lb fat, if that much even.

When I went, it pretty much went like this... Told me my blood pressure is high and to monitor it. Then looked at what I thought was a groin pull and he told me it was a small hernia and to stay off it and to do streches. Then got my hearing test and he said it wasnt the greatest and reffered me to a hearing specialist. Then they took 3 things of blood to do tests cause I cant remember anything, concentrate and the hairloss. Oh and they are making me go to a clinic downtown to get more tests done on the forget-fulness and concentrating thing.

My eyes have been kind of blurry lately too, but I didnt wanna say anything cause I was scared of getting even more bad info. It probably wasnt a smart thing to do, but I seriously cant take any more bad information from the doc.

Thanks for the concern! When I can back from the doc on monday I was kinda upset about it all, but hey, its for the better. It just sucks that this crap has to be when im 16. Again, thanks for the concern...

Anyway, I have my 2nd hearing test monday. Im not sure when the other test for memory loss and concentration is (I have to ask my mom, I forgot, how ironic), and I go back to see the doctor in a month.

But hey, we all probably get problems sooner or later in life, and mine is just a little sooner than normal. But, hey im not going to let it get me down!!! :waving:

YardPro
12-09-2004, 07:37 PM
yea but, don't insert them where yardpro does, remember, EARPLUGS ONLY GO IN YOUR EARS

grow up bobby.

mtdman
12-09-2004, 07:39 PM
I'm always telling people, wear hearing and eye protection. I don't care how dorky you look, I don't care how much you sweat during the summer. Is a little discomfort worth trading your eyesight or hearing?

I've worn hearing protectors since my 3rd year. First 2 years I didn't, and I've got a bit of ringing in my ears from that. Since my 3rd year I've always worn ear protectors, and even double up during leaf season with ear plugs. Eye protection is a no brainer, but I'm suprised at the idiots I see that are too cool to wear them every day. Stupid stupid stupid.

bobbygedd
12-09-2004, 07:43 PM
I'm always telling people, wear hearing and eye protection. I don't care how dorky you look, I don't care how much you sweat during the summer. Is a little discomfort worth trading your eyesight or hearing?

I've worn hearing protectors since my 3rd year. First 2 years I didn't, and I've got a bit of ringing in my ears from that. Since my 3rd year I've always worn ear protectors, and even double up during leaf season with ear plugs. Eye protection is a no brainer, but I'm suprised at the idiots I see that are too cool to wear them every day. Stupid stupid stupid.
you know what they told me the first few months in the printshop? they said, "oh, don't worry, after awhile you get used to it"

mtdman
12-09-2004, 07:48 PM
Well, if you don't use hearing protectors, after a while, it won't matter.

:D

YardPro
12-09-2004, 07:56 PM
yep, you won't hear a thing....

Mo Green
12-09-2004, 11:45 PM
Hey Mark.... be sure to let us know how everything goes at the doc. Good luck to you.

Carolina Cutter
12-10-2004, 12:26 AM
Hey guys, I havent been posting to much lately, but incase you dont know, im 16, and cut about 40-50 lawns in the season.

Well guys, I used those big goofy ear muff things in the begining of the year for about a month, then got sick of them (made your ear sweat and gave me pimples and crap). So I quit wearing them. Well I went to the doc the other day, I havent been hearing good lately so they ran a hearing test, and they said I didnt do to good on it, so I have to go in for further testing on monday.

Anyway, I really dont think this should happen after one year, I know people who have been doing this for 10+ years and have no hearing problems. Seems quite odd...

I also have a small hernia (hopefully it'll go away if I take it easy for a while), high blood pressure, and something about my thyroid, and some other crap :(

Anyway, not looking for sympathy, just wondering if anyone else has had bad ears or ear after one freaking year. And I wasnt even going full time until the summer. Oh, and its only my right ear. This will suck if im 16 with a hearing aid, but hopefully I wont have to get one :) I guess ill be back to those goofy muff things, or atleast plugs.

Thanks Guys. Have a good Holiday Season!

Wear the hearing protection. Better to have the pimples than not be able to hear. I too was "invincible" when I was young. I have worked for the fire dept since I was 17. Sirens are tough on the ears and now I have constant ringing and hearing loss. I WILL NOT fire up a mower without my Peltors anymore.

Do this.......you will thank me as you get older.

Kelly's Landscaping
12-10-2004, 01:11 AM
Damm headphones push the arms of my sunglasses into the sides of my head I go home with painful dents but I do have my sight and I can hear. I went like 10 years with ear protections the second I noticed I lost some hearing that was it been wearing headphones for the last 7 years I often wear them when nothing is running you get use to them. And this time of year the keep your ears from freezing.

Aaron Marshall
12-10-2004, 02:18 AM
Get yourself a pair of peltor work tunes, same goofy big muffs, but you get music too. They are well worth it, and make the day go by quicker. Take care of yourself man, make sure you watch what you eat and get lots of rest.
Aaron

ed's lawn service
12-10-2004, 10:57 AM
What can I expect to pay for the Peltors. I have been wearing a pair of ear buds with the ear muffs over top. The only problem is that after a couple of hours, my ears get really sore because the ear buds don't quite fit right. I found the Peltors at Home Depot for $50 and was wondering if that was a good price.

Itsgottobegreen
12-10-2004, 11:41 AM
WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Speak up I can't hear you.

I have been wearing hearing and eye protection since I started. I still have had 10% hearing lost over the last 7 years. I do ride in fire trucks a lot so that has some part to do with it. Plus I listen to music real loud.

Smithers
12-10-2004, 11:47 AM
i am doing this part time, but i always put earplugs (in the ears, bobby), and earmuffs on top....I try not to hear anything that might affect my hearing.

My ears are sweating too, but i wipe them off when i am driving. I might try powder to keep them dry.

At first it's kinda weird feelig, but once 2 weeks pass...you get used to them. It's like a seat belt...remember how many "cool" people busted their skulls in the steering wheels before the regulations started?

good luck with your health. 40-50 lawns is a lot while in school.

Rhett
12-10-2004, 03:17 PM
Worked around aircraft engines for years. They eventually figured out that the protection they issued was not enough. Long story short. The hearing loss is bad enough but the constant high pitch ringing is the real bi##$. Take care of yourself. Way too young to start falling apart

ztoro
12-10-2004, 03:46 PM
The only hearing loss I seem to have is when my wife is speaking...... other than that I am ok...... she claims I have hearing problems, I will let her keep thinking i do.......

out4now
12-10-2004, 03:49 PM
That's selective hearing, lol, not hearing damage.

ztoro
12-10-2004, 03:56 PM
That's selective hearing, lol, not hearing damage.

in the beginning it was selective hearing, after all that nagging and b1tching it may have done damage :)

lampeslawnservice
12-10-2004, 04:33 PM
I say you better take care of your health before you worry about taking care of lawns. I learned the hard way, the constant ringing in the ears does not go away. Shotguns, rock concert's, stupid factory job that did not require them and nobody wore them because they were uncool. Boy wish I could turn back about 10 years of my life, then I wouldn't have to turn up the t.v. so loud. I always wear ear protection now, you get used to the discomfort. Make all the guys wear them too. As for price on Peltors AM/FM headphones, 39.95 at local Farm and Fleet. Of course they were sold out. Take care kid!

TClawn
12-10-2004, 06:29 PM
you know, the blurriness in the eyes can be caused by high blood pressure. my mom had the same trouble until she was on blood pressure medication.

snap12.5
12-10-2004, 08:14 PM
memory loss??? - could this be caused possibly from breathing exhaust all day long???