May is Better Speech and Hearing month. Contrary to popular belief, a majority of people who have hearing loss are under the age of 65, according to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Furthermore, the BHI estimates that hearing loss affects more than 6 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 44. Nearly 1.5 million are of school age. So, what causes hearing loss, if it isn’t necessarily the result of growing older? And can anything be done to prevent it? Exposure to excessive noise is one of the leading risk factors — and one that’s largely preventable. Following are steps you can take to reduce your risks:
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What's the 3rd most common health condition that affects an estimated 36 million Americans?
If you guessed hearing loss, you're right. Hearing loss affects about 12% of the American population.
Topics: noise, hearing, hearing aids, hearing loss, why you should address hearing loss, what causes hearing loss, hearing loss causes, excessive noise exposure, noise-induced hearing loss, loud noises, family & friends, noise exposure
Scientists have discovered that when hearing is damaged by prolonged exposure to loud noise, the brain may also experience the effects. Noise-induced hearing loss not only affects hearing, but it could also affect the brain’s ability to recognize speech.
Topics: noise, hearing, hearing loss, why you should address hearing loss, what causes hearing loss, excessive noise exposure, noise-induced hearing loss, loud noises, brain biology, cognitive decline, noise exposure
Topics: noise, hearing protection, hearing loss, what causes hearing loss, hearing loss causes, excessive noise exposure, decibel levels, dB levels, loud noises, construction, Hearing Education, noise exposure, job hazard, manufacturing jobs, occupational hearing loss, workplace hearing loss, NIHL
We celebrate World Hearing Day every year on March 3rd. Its purpose is to raise awareness about hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care around the world. This year's theme is "Hear the future." The hope is to draw attention to the expected increase in the number of people with hearing loss across the world over the upcoming years.
Topics: noise, hearing loss, children, Children and Hearing Loss, Babies and Hearing Loss, what causes hearing loss, hearing loss causes, excessive noise exposure, noise-induced hearing loss, music, loud noises, Healthy Hearing, World Hearing Day, noise exposure
Summer has (unofficially) kicked off. It's time to get out there and enjoy it. Outdoor concerts, festivals and parades are all on the agenda. But these summer events have one thing in common-loud noises that could damage your hearing.