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Noise Induced Hearing Loss Is easily Preventable

- Friday, November 26, 2010

Ten million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise and another 30 million are exposed to dangerous levels of noise each day, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Assisted Living facilities such as Spring Arbor Living can offer help and preventive care for elderly who have trouble hearing.

How can we avoid noise induced hearing loss? The rule of thumb, according to NIDCD, is to be wary of noises that are “too loud”, “too close”, or last “too long”. When exposure to potentially dangerous noise is unavoidable, noise induced hearing loss can be prevented by using effective hearing protection such as earplugs, earmuffs or headsets. Watch for symptoms of hearing loss, including sounds that appear distorted or muffled a ringing in the ears, a feeling of fullness in the ears and difficulty understanding speech. Any of these signs signal that a hearing test is essential.

Today’s hearing aids are smarter, smaller and more comfortable than ever before. With proper professional hearing care support, they can benefit 95 percent of all those with hearing loss. However, there is no substitute for prevention, and noise induced hearing loss is 100 percent preventable. Our facilities and professionals can recommend and provide the appropriate hearing protection. Contact us today to find out more, or if you have any other questions.