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National Protect Your Hearing Month
October is a popular month. Not only is it National Audiology Awareness Month, but is also National Protect Your Hearing Month! Hearing loss can affect any individual at any age and stem from varying causes. One cause that is preventable is noise-induced hearing loss.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is permanent and irreversible, and is the cause of hearing loss in 1 of 3 individuals suffering from a hearing impairment. Excessively loud noise can cause damage to our inner ear sensory cells and result in this type of hearing loss. Even sounds as loud as a hairdryer or blender are loud enough to cause this cell damage. We live in a noisy world, experiencing dangerously loud sounds daily from traffic noises to emergency sirens to sporting events. We must take responsibility for our hearing health into our own hands and protect our ears from dangerously loud sounds.
Ways to protect your ears and hearing include:
Wearing hearing protection when exposed to loud sounds for extended periods of time.
This includes mowing the lawn, attending concerts and sporting events, shooting guns at a range or hunting, watching fireworks, etc.
Walking away from the noise source i.e. speakers at a concert.
Maintaining safe listening levels for music and television. Turn down the volume on iPhones, iPods, and TVs.
Audiologists can assist you with selecting and creating/ordering appropriate custom hearing protection devices for your specific needs. Don’t become a statistic-protect your hearing now!
Protection is Important!
To your ears, that is. Did you know that a sound as loud as a blow dryer or blender can cause hearing loss and damage to your ears? Fun (or not so fun) fact for your Thursday.
Tips for protecting your hearing:
- Wear hearing protection when around sounds louder than 85 dB for a long period of time.
- There are different types of hearing protection such as foam earplugs, earmuffs and custom hearing protection devices.
- 85dB is about the sound of your hair dryer, lawn mower, blender or vacuum cleaner!
- Contact your local audiologist for custom hearing protection devices.
- Turning down the volume when listening to the radio, the TV, MP3 player, or anything through earbuds and headphones. (Visit www.TurnItToTheLeft.com)
- Walking away from the noise.
- And, other than hearing protection, do not put anything in your ear!
Contact your local audiologist for additional expertise on protecting your hearing and preventing noise induced hearing loss!
*Data provided by the American Academy of Audiology
Sabrina Marciante, AuD
May is Better Hearing Month!
While we can’t make our hearing “better,” we can better protect ourselves from dangerous noise levels we experience daily. We don’t think of our hair dryer or blender as being causes of noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus (that dreaded sound in your ears), but they absolutely can be.
Noise-induced hearing loss can occur if you’re exposed to sounds over the level of 85dB HL for an extended period of time. Let’s see how some common sounds stack up:
60 dB—Normal conversations or dishwashers
80 dB—Alarm clocks
90 dB—Hair dryers, blenders, and lawnmowers
100 dB—MP3 players at full volume
110 dB—Concerts, car racing, and sporting events
120 dB—Jet planes at take off
130 dB—Ambulances and fire engine sirens
140 dB—Gun shots, fireworks, and custom car stereos at full volume
You can see how we are exposed to a variety of dangerously loud sounds daily without even thinking about it. Let’s keep those iPhone and MP3 players on low, and keep our hearing health up!
*Data provided by the American Academy of Audiology http://www.audiology.org/publications-resources/consumer-information/fact-sheets
The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin specializes in hearing related disorders including tinnitus and hearing loss, neurophysiological disorders as well as dizziness/balance disorders. Currently accepting new adult and pediatric audiology patients. The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin is the hearing and balance division of Great Hills ENT and serves the greater Austin area including the Arboretum, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, hearing aids, tinnitus, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders