October is National Audiology Awareness Month
Hearing loss is an increasing health concern that is often preventable. Noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss and can result in difficulty sleeping and high blood pressure. Noise induced hearing loss occurs gradually and without pain. Experts agree that regular exposure to sounds of 85 decibels or louder are detrimental to hearing.
The good news is that noise-induced hearing loss is preventable!
Here are 3 key steps you can take to prevent hearing loss:
1. Make sure to take proper precautions with your hearing should you find yourself in a situation with large amounts of noise.
2. Use ear protection whenever possible, particularly when working with loud machinery such as lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and jackhammers.
3. If you plan on attending a concert or sporting event, make sure to protect your ears! Recent statistics suggest a trend of noise induced hearing loss occurring at younger ages. Ear plugs and earmuffs for noise protection can be purchased at your local drug, hardware, or sporting goods store.
Our doctoral level licensed audiologists can assess your hearing. Earplugs are also available for purchase!
For more information on healthy hearing, check out the link below from the American Academy of Audiology.