It’s not too late to participate in National Protect Your Hearing Month! October is the time to remember the importance of hearing health for all ages and to check with your audiologist how your hearing is doing. Noise-induced hearing loss is a significant issue among teens and adults across the United States. Read on to learn more about National Protect Your Hearing Month and how you can benefit.
National Protect Your Hearing Month
The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) started a hearing awareness campaign called It’s a Noisy Planet, Protect Your Hearing in 2008, and has since reached around six million people with its message. In 2017, NIDCD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found in their research that about 24% of adults from 20 to 69 years old have at least signs of noise-induced hearing loss in one or both ears. Through National Protect Your Hearing Month, audiologists across the country are raising awareness and helping people protect and manage their hearing health.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is one of the most common types of hearing loss. It happens when the hairs of the cochlea, an organ in the inner ear shaped like a snail shell, are damaged. Exposure to loud noise or loud noise on a routine basis usually causes NIHL. If a teen constantly listens to music through earbuds, a musician plays in an orchestra, or someone goes to a concert, that person could experience noise-induced hearing loss over time. Because it happens gradually, NIHL generally doesn’t become noticeable until significant damage has occurred; even so, NIHL is a highly preventable condition.
Ways to Protect Your Hearing
There are three ways to protect your hearing:
- Turn down the noise: Keep noise levels at a safe level.
- Move away from the noise, if possible.
- Wear hearing protection like earplugs and earmuffs when needed.
What an Audiologist Can Do to Help
Clarity Audiology is here for your hearing needs and concerns in Ellicott City, MD. An audiologist will listen to your complaints and evaluate your symptoms, suggest a hearing solution based on their expertise, and help you protect and manage your hearing for the future. Schedule an appointment with them today!
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.
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