October is National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month. We'd like to say "thank you" to audiologists everywhere for their important work. Audiologists evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage hearing loss in adults and children.
In honor of this month, the American Academy of Audiology encourages everyone to spread the word about the importance of hearing screenings and hearing protection. They have a lot of amazing resources available on their website.
We're inspired by National Audiology Awareness Month, so it's time to ask yourself or a loved one these three questions.
1. Do you have a hard time hearing in noisy restaurants or crowded rooms?
2. Are male voices easier to understand than female voices?
3. Do you have ringing or buzzing in your ears?
If you or someone you know answered, "yes" to any of these questions, it's time for a hearing screening. Please contact an audiologist today.
Don't wait. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, the average time it takes an individual with hearing loss to seek treatment is about seven years. In that time, hearing and cognition may diminish and depression or other health issues could set in. Read more about hearing loss and the brain.
One of the best ways to prevent hearing loss is to avoid the risk. It only takes a little bit of exposure to really loud noises for permanent damage to happen. The American Academy of Audiology recommends three easy ways to protect yourself and loved ones in loud situations during National Protect Your Hearing Month and beyond.
1. Walk away: add some distance between you and the noise source
2. Turn down the volume: you should be able to hear what's going on around you
3. Wear ear protection: keep earplugs in your purse or car, just in case
For more hearing protection tips, check out our summer survival story.
Or to learn about surprising activities that could hurt your hearing,read our blog post.