In our society, most people take seeing, hearing, and talking for granted. Unfortunately, the latest research is telling us that many who suffer from noise-induced hearing lossfrom years of exposure to noise or even one incidentcould have prevented it if they’d only known to do so and how. Given what we know now, this epidemic does not need to continue!
As a wellness-oriented group of doctors of audiology and staff, the Hearing Health Center is a full-service audiology practice dedicated to hearing health for the entire family. We provide a variety of prevention and rehabilitation services–from newborn hearing screenings to treatments for balance disorders and hearing loss from state-of-the-art hearing aids and assistive technology to custom-fit hearing protectors.
Fact: According to research sited by the Deafness Research Foundation, at least 70% of what has been traditionally diagnosed as “age-related hearing loss” is, in fact, due to a lifetime of toxic noise exposure.
Fact: Hearing loss affects more than 30 million Americans and that number is rising every day.
Fact:According to the National Council on Aging, untreated hearing loss has been linked to increased susceptibility to numerous other health complications, such as arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, depressions, and anxiety, to name a few.
Fact: California researchers documented a 300% rise in the presence of permanent noise-induced hearing loss in second graders over a 10-year period, and a 500% increase among eighth graders. (At this rate, permanent high frequency hearing loss will be present in more than 90% of the eighth grade population by 2012!) What these statistics say to us all is simple: without any attempt to lower the effects of toxic noise exposure, it is projected that by 2030 virtually every American over the age of 50 will have enough permanent hearing loss to require hearing aids to communicate.
So, what can you do to prevent noise-induced hearing loss?
- Increase your awareness of noise and avoid prolonged exposure to loud noiseanything above 80 decibels.
- If you cannot avoid exposure to noise, wear appropriate hearing protectionavailable from a doctor of audiology.
- Visit a doctor of audiology who offers a hearing-loss prevention program for yourself and your family.
- Encourage your children or grandchildren to become noise-consciouspaying special attention to head-phone stereos and toys that make noises (and are often held close to a child’s head).