About 36 million Americans –17% of the U.S. population – are currently living with some degree of hearing loss. Though age is a factor, noise-induced hearing loss among all ages is also a concerning issue. When we subject our ears to loud sounds – like music, air travel and power tools, without using ear protection, hearing loss might occur.
Luckily, it’s never too late to preserve your hearing, even if you already have some degree of hearing loss. The staff at Associates in Hearing HealthCare in NJ has compiled a list of 5 ways you can limit hearing loss:
- Reduce the sound levels of the noises in your environment.
- Use proper ear protection, like custom ear molds and foam plugs.
- Stand at an angle from direct loud noise when possible, not directly in front of it. Putting physical space
- between you and loud noise might promote better hearing.
- Take frequent breaks when exposed to loud noise over long periods.
Keep the volume low to medium-low when listening to music through headphone or ear buds.
It’s also important to know the signs of hearing loss, which might include:
- Trouble following a conversation, especially when two or more people are talking.
- Asking speakers to repeat themselves.
- Straining to hear over the telephone.
- Misunderstanding what others say – and responding inappropriately.
- Trouble distinguishing primary sounds from background noise.
The best way to combat hearing loss is to schedule a baseline hearing evaluation. This way, you can easily track any hearing loss needs with a professional, and devise a plan-of-action to improve your hearing health.
If the professionals at Associates in Hearing HealthCare diagnose you with permanent hearing loss, we’ll help you choose hearing aids to slow it down and preserve good hearing.
Today’s hearing aids are small and easy-to-wear. They can help with almost all degrees of hearing loss, from mild to severe.
Don’t ignore the signs of hearing loss. Instead, contact the Associates in Hearing HealthCare in Barrington and Marlton, NJ, at (856) 266-9590. Together, we’ll address all your hearing health needs.