Thursday, September 17, 2015

Myths about hearing loss

The American Academy of Audiology Reported the following Myths about hearing loss.

Myth: Portable music and video devices do not affect your hearing.
: 1.1 billion people are at risk for hearing loss due to unsafe personal use of portable music devices.
What to do: Limit your use of portable devices and keep the volume at the half-way point or under.  If you have to take out your ear buds to hear someone speaking at an arm’s length away, the volume is too high.

Myth:  Everyone who has hearing loss is older than age 65. 
Fact: Half of those with hearing loss are under the age of 65.
What to do: If you suspect a hearing loss or have ringing in the ears, visit an audiologist.

Myth: Hearing loss does not affect newborn babies.
Fact: About 6 out of 1,000 babies have a significant hearing problem at birth.  And, more than 4,000 babies are born with a hearing loss each year.
What to do: Make sure your newborn’s hearing is screened before leaving the hospital or within the first a couple weeks of life.  If he or she does not pass the screening, schedule an appointment with an audiologist.

Myth: Everyday loud activities do not affect you hearing.
Fact: Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by lawn/farm equipment, concerts, sporting events, fireworks, hair driers, firearms, and alarm clocks.  A single exposure to excessive noise can also cause permanent hearing loss
What to do: Noise-induced hearing loss almost always preventable!  Wear hearing protection when around sounds louder than 85 dB (about the volume of a vacuum sweeper).

Myth: Hearing loss does not affect your day-to-day life.
Fact: Individuals with untreated hearing loss are often excluded from communication and often have feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression, and frustration.
What to do: If you suspect a hearing loss, visit with an audiologist to evaluate your hearing and provide treatment when needed. 

FACT: Audiologists are the primary health-care professionals who provide evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation for hearing loss. 

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

Jane Kukula, Au.D. and Paula Webster, M.A.
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060
Fax: 440-205-9818

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