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