Now that you’ve learned about some of the most common hearing-related conditions affecting adults and children, you may have questions. We’ve devoted this section to links that will provide additional information. Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.
Hearing Loss Facts
You may think of hearing loss as a problem affecting the elderly, but this simply isn’t the case. In reality, more than half of the 38 million American adults affected are under the age of 65. A number of factors may contribute to hearing loss including natural aging, excessive noise exposure, impacted earwax, trauma or injury, disease and ototoxic medications. Hearing loss affects people of all ages.
Hearing loss doesn’t just affect the individual with a hearing impairment. Friends, family and loved ones all must learn to adopt effective communication strategies. Following are steps you can take to enhance communication with somebody who has hearing loss.
Protect Your Hearing
Certain types of hearing loss, such as presbycusis (age-related hearing loss), occur naturally; there is little you can to do prevent this from occurring. Noise induced hearing loss, on the other hand, is not only a leading cause of hearing loss – but is preventable. The key is to protect your hearing from loud noise by taking the necessary precautions.
Noise Exposed Worker Program
Exposure to loud noise causes hearing loss. OSHA requires employers to protect
workers from losing hearing on the job. Certain loud sound exposures are not allowed.
If your noise levels exceed 85 decibels, OSHA requires that you provide a hearing
Online Hearing Test
If you or a loved one suspects hearing loss, it’s important you take steps now in order to have the best chance for successful treatment. Because most hearing loss develops gradually over time, it is often difficult to detect until it has reached an advanced stage.