Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ encourages you to promote awareness of noise-induced hearing loss – a preventable form of hearing loss – in October which is National Protect Your Hearing Month, and throughout the year.
Permanent hearing loss from noise exposure can happen to anyone at any age, and it can happen suddenly or gradually over time. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that at least 10 million adults in the U.S. (6 percent of the population) under the age of 70—and perhaps as many as 40 million adults (24 percent)—may have hearing loss from noise in one or both ears. The good news is that you can take steps to protect your hearing:
- Move away from the noise. If you can’t lower the volume, put some distance between you and the source.
- Lower the volume. Know which noises can cause damage (those at or above 85 decibels), such as listening through headphones at a high volume. Examples of loud noise can be found in Listen Up! Protect Your Hearing, an interactive infographic on the Noisy Planet website that shows how loud some common sounds are. Developed by the National Center for Environmental Health, part of the CDC, the infographic also provides tips to keep your ears safe around loud noises. Pick a sound to see how loud it is, and get tips for safe listening.
- Wear hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs, when involved in a loud activity. Activity-specific earplugs and earmuffs are available at hardware and sporting goods stores. Specialized ear protection is also available through Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™.
- Protect the ears of children who are too young to protect their own.
- Tell family, friends, and colleagues about noise hazards.
If you think that you might have a noise induced hearing loss, call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ today at 772-286-4327 and schedule your FREE comprehensive hearing screening with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist.