That wrapped gift looks innocent enough under the tree. But inside may be a toy so loud, it could harm a child’s hearing. For example, a sing along karaoke toy for kids can clock in at 95 decibels (dB) — similar to the sound generated by a power mower or motorcycle. At 95 dB, a child's hearing can be damaged in approximately 30 minutes.
It’s that time of year again. You know - when families gather and reconnect over a fabulous meal. Everyone’s excited to share stories and catch up on each other’s lives. But for some, this time of year brings on frustration and dread. But why would spending time with loved ones cause this reaction?
With more than 36 million Americans who have hearing loss, there’s a good chance that one or more of them will show up at your table this holiday season. For these individuals, normal conversation can be a big challenge — a challenge that’s compounded at holiday gatherings by multiple simultaneous conversations, clanging silverware, shrieking children and other competing sounds.
From social isolation to tidings of joy
Do the approaching holidays fill you with feelings of joy…or dread? For individuals who can’t hear well, it’s often the latter. Some people even “drop out” of the holidays because they have so much trouble hearing conversation, especially in large, noisy gatherings.