Baby Boomers Hearing Loss
Audiologist, Dr. Alisa Weinzimer, shared with us the many ways today's technology is having an impact on our hearing.
Signs your hearing may be impaired:
Do I hear sound but have trouble understanding words?
Do I have difficulty hearing the soft-sounding voices of women or children?
Is it difficult to hear and understand others in public places such as restaurants, stores, theatres or any place where there is background noise?
Do others complain that the volume is too loud while I’m watching TV or listening to the radio?
Do I find myself asking people to repeat themselves?
Do people seem to mumble?
Do work associates get annoyed by my hearing difficulties?
Do I have a problem hearing while speaking on the telephone or cell phone?
At the end of the day, do I feel tired from straining to hear?
Protecting your hearing:
First and foremost is to avoid or at least limit exposure to noise when you can. Hearing damage is often cumulative. Remember that, in general, if you must shout to be heard three feet away, the noise level is high enough to cause damage. Other tips include:
1. Don’t stuff cotton or tissue in your ears. Wear well-fitting personal hearing protection such as ear plugs if exposure to loud noise is unavoidable. Remember that every day noise caused by lawn mowers, power tools, stereos, etc. may be loud enough to damage your hearing.
2. Move as far away from the source of loud noise as possible. By doubling the distance between you and the source, you can reduce the sound level by about one fourth.
3. Give your ears a 24-hour rest after exposure to dangerous levels of noise.
4. Get ear infections treated right away.
5. Wear protective equipment like bike helmets and seat belts to avoid head injuries.
6. Do not insert foreign objects in your ears such as toothpicks, hairpins, etc. in attempts to clean the ears. This may damage the lining of the ear canal or worse rupture your eardrum which will certainly result in pain and some degree of hearing loss.
Today's hearing aids have come a long way and can be unobtrusive and provide excellent sound quality.
To have your hearing checked call a qualified Audiologist,