May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
Dr. Kayla Silvey explains in this article how hearing protection is important and offers simple steps to protect your hearing for a lifetime.
Now is the time to assess lifestyle habits that may be contributing to hearing loss, as well as schedule hearing evaluations!
About 40 million U.S. adults ages 20 to 69 years have noise-induced hearing loss. This is a form of hearing damage that results from exposure to loud noise and could be cumulative harm that developed from exposure over time, or it could occur from a one-time severe episode.
Noisy settings are commonplace in today’s society. Many restaurants are specifically designed to elevate noise levels to make establishments feel more energetic. Similarly, some sports stadiums have been built with sound elevation in mind. Coffee shops, fitness classes and other businesses make modern society a collectively loud place.
“Although many people report concern about noisy environments, not nearly enough of us take protective steps,” Oklahoma-based audiologist Dr. Kayla Silvey said.
She offered some simple ways that residents can take charge of their hearing health:
Wear hearing protection. Earplugs and earmuffs are cheap, portable and (with a good fit) offer excellent hearing protection. Take them along when you know you’ll be in a noisy setting. Oklahoma Hearing Center offers a service to create custom fitting ear plugs.
Reduce exposure. Take steps to reduce exposure to noisy settings. Visit noisy establishments during off times, consider quieter settings and talk to managers if the noise level is uncomfortable.
See a certified audiologist for a hearing evaluation. A recent government report stated that 1 in 4 U.S. adults who report excellent to good hearing already have hearing damage. Many adults don’t routinely get their hearing checked and even those who are concerned often delay treatment for years. Postponing treatment can have serious medical and mental health repercussions, in addition to reducing a person’s quality of life.
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