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October is National Hearing Protection Month: 5 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

October is National Hearing Protection Month. To honor this, we are featuring 5 ways to protect your hearing. Loud noises, including listening to media through headphones, are causing hearing loss to rise; therefore, it is more important than ever to be aware about protecting your hearing. We have put together a list of 5 ways to protect your hearing and help you keep your ears and hearing safe.

  1. Understand the law if you are exposed to loud noises in the workplace. Employers are required by law to have ear protection if you are exposed to loud noises while at work. Click here to read more about OSHA requirements and standards for hearing protection on the job.
  2. How loud is too loud? Half the battle of combating noise-induced hearing loss is knowing how loud is too loud. It is important to recognize that all noise-induced hearing loss doesn’t come from sudden loud noises like explosions, gunshots or fireworks. You may not realize that everyday environments can often be loud enough to cause hearing loss, especially if you are exposed to them for extended periods of time. The National Institute of Health lists noises 85 decibels or above as too loud. There are free apps you can put on your phone to help you see how loud a room is. If you don’t have an app available, another way to gauge what is too loud is if your ears are ringing after leaving, that is too loud and can potentially cause hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by concerts, power tools, lawn mowers, and even some of the louder vacuum cleaners.
  3. Wear hearing protection when exposed to loud noise. Hearing protection is available in the form of headphones and ear plugs. You can always call our office if you have questions about which type of hearing protection is right for you. Different types of hearing protection are right for different situations.
  4. Move away from loud noises to give your ears a break. If you are at an event that is very loud (such as a concert or noisy sporting event) and don’t have hearing protection, give your ears an occasional break. This gives your hearing a chance to “recover” from the loud noise and can help prevent permanent damage.
  5. Get regular hearing assessments from your hearing professional or audiologist. Hearing loss is usually a gradual process. That makes it difficult to recognize hearing loss until it is significant enough to impact your life in a negative way. Regular hearing assessments can identify a decline in hearing before it becomes a problem. There are many issues associated with untreated hearing loss beyond losing the ability to hear and communicate. Schedule an appointment for your hearing assessment today!

To read more about hearing protection, check out these posts from our blog:

Be Proactive with Your Hearing Safety

Preventing Hearing Loss

Hearing Aid Safety

Avoiding Hearing Loss & Keeping Your Ears Safe

Consult with the Experts at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing Services

If you want to learn more about hearing loss evaluations and treatments, just let us know. Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are dedicated to your hearing health and all aspects of your life, living with hearing loss! We have two convenient hearing center locations on Long Island: one in Sayville,NY and the second in Smithtown,NY.

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Safety Tips for Halloween with Hearing Loss

All hallow’s eve is on the way and that means lots of tricks, treats, and fun. It also is a holiday that takes place mostly at night and can be daunting if you have hearing loss. Don’t worry, Halloween doesn’t have to be scary even if you can’t hear too well. We have safety tips for getting through Halloween with hearing loss.

  • Opt for a costume that doesn’t have a mask. A mask can further inhibit your hearing and it can also interfere with your eyesight. If you wear hearing aids, a mask can also cause some issues for them too. Instead, try to find a different way to disguise yourself, makeup or a hat can do the trick.
  • If you wear hearing aids, check the batteries before heading out to your Halloween festivities so that you can enjoy them at their fullest.
  • Let your friends and family you are with know that you are hard of hearing. Ask them to help you throughout the night if they recognize you missed hearing something.
  • If you are attending a Halloween party, use our tips for preparing for holiday gatherings with hearing loss to help you. They can apply to Halloween parties too.

Some of the regular Halloween safety tips that apply to everyone can also apply to the hearing impaired. Here are some general Halloween safety tips from SafeKds.org to keep in mind if you are out trick-or-treating.

  • Trick or treaters should be especially careful crossing the streets, look both ways and use extreme caution, even in drive ways.
  • Put away the electronic devices, pay attention to your surroundings. (This will help you enjoy Halloween better anyhow.)
  • Younger kids should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Older kids should buddy up or stay in a group.
  • Wear reflective tape, bright costumes, or use a flashlight.
  • Take a familiar route or stick to the neighborhoods you know.

Consult with the Experts at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing Services

If you want to learn more about hearing loss evaluations and treatments, just let us know. Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are dedicated to your hearing health and all aspects of your life, living with hearing loss! We have two convenient hearing center locations on Long Island: one in Sayville,NY and the second in Smithtown,NY.

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Celebrities with Hearing Loss

Celebrities get hearing loss too. It is something that can affect anyone; and some of your favorite actors or musicians are among the 48 million Americans coping with hearing loss. As you will see, there are many different reasons for hearing loss and much of it is preventable. In fact, many of them admit that their hearing problems are due to noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus resulting from loud scenes or pyrotechnic accidents on set. You may not have know that these celebrities have hearing loss or are dealing with tinnitus.

  1. Marlee Matlin: She is probably the most well- known deaf actress and spokesperson often quoted as saying that “deaf people can do anything except hear”. She has many acting accomplishments including an Oscar and danced beautifully showing everyone just how much she can do on Dancing with the Stars in 2008.
  2. Nyle DiMarco: He is the 2015 winner of America’s Next Top Model and has been enjoying a great modeling career ever since. He also brought a great deal of awareness for the accomplishments that deaf people can achieve on Dancing with the Stars, when he won in 2016. DiMarco was born deaf and has a multigenerational deaf family.
  3. Jane Lynch: As a result of a high fever as an infant, the comedic actress has been dealing with almost complete deafness in her right ear.
  4. William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy: The pair, most well-known as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock both incurred damage due to an accident on the set of Star Trek and have dealt with tinnitus as a result.
  5. Halle Berry: Known as the first black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, Halle Berry lost almost all her hearing in her left ear during a domestic violence incident. As a result, she is now changing the face of what it looks like to have hearing loss and also advocating for awareness about domestic violence.
  6. Rob Lowe: It is believed that his profound hearing loss is a result of an undiagnosed mumps diagnosis when he was 8 or 9 months old.
  7. Eric Clapton: Just one of many legendary performers on our list who have hearing loss that developed over years of performing loud concerts and not wearing hearing protection.
  8. Derrick Coleman: The first deaf offensive player in the NFL. He has had hearing loss since a very young age, it was diagnosed at 3 years old and he now wears hearing aids in both ears.
  9. Lance Allred was the first legally deaf player in the NBA. He wears hearing aids in both ears.
  10. Pete Townshend: You may not know the name Pete Townshend, but you likely know the band he play lead guitar for, The Who. He is deaf in one ear, has partial hearing in the other and also has to cope with tinnitus. He attributes his hearing loss and damage to wearing earphones during recording studio sessions and his years on state with one of the loudest rock bands in history. He wears hearing aids now and uses assistive technology.

Consult with the Experts at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing Services

If you want to learn more about hearing loss evaluations and treatments, just let us know. Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are dedicated to your hearing health and all aspects of your life, living with hearing loss!

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Breaking the Stigma on Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is actually one of the most common ailments and it affects people of all ages, not just the elderly. It is the 3rd most common condition affecting Americans behind heart disease and arthritis. That is one of the reasons why the audiology industry is seeing that the stigma of hearing loss is slowly starting to fade away. In our blog today, we will be exploring the reasons why the stigma of hearing loss is fading and how to confront the stigma head-on if you are facing hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Statistics

Just how common is hearing loss? It is more prevalent among senior populations because of hearing loss due to ageing. However, a recent study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery describes how hearing loss is on the rise across all ages of our population and why. Some of the points in the study highlight just how common hearing loss are:

  • We will see a gradual increase in hearing loss in adults over the next 43 years.
  • U.S. adults 20 years and older will see an increase in hearing loss. By 202 15% of adults are expected to have hearing loss, which puts the number at a staggering 44 million people.
  • The increase is predicted to be greatest in adults in senior populations. By 2020, 55% of adults 70 years or older will have hearing loss and by 2060, that percentage is predicted to increase to 67%.
  • Currently, two in every three adults 70 years or older in the U.S. have ‘clinically meaningful hearing loss.

Why is There a Stigma Surrounding Hearing Loss?

So if hearing loss is so prevalent, why is there this stigma surrounding hearing loss? There are a few reasons why:

  1. Hearing loss used to be only associated with older people.
  2. Hearing aid technology has come a long way, but hearing aids of old used to whistle and cause feedback sounds. That made people feel embarrassed about wearing them.
  3. Hearing loss (especially in children) can cause learning disabilities.

How to Break Through the Stigma of Hearing Loss

As we mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, the main reason that we see society breaking the stigma of hearing loss is how prevalent it is now and how much it is going to increase in the coming years. When something is so common, then the negative stigma associated with it starts to melt away as more people learn from experience and become more empathetic as they “join the club”. The other major reason we see the breaking of the stigma of hearing loss is the advances in hearing aid technology. Hearing aids are powerful tools that are rich in technology and able to interface into all aspects of your digital life and entertainment as well. The hearing aids of today are definitely not your grandfather’s hearing aids. They don’t whistle or give feedback like old models did in the past. In fact, many styles of hearing aids are “cool” and even fashionable. If you don’t want your hearing aids to be seen, many styles can be virtually invisible.

Consult with the Experts at Smithtown / Sayville Hearing Services

If you want to learn more, just let us know. Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment. We’d love to see you and answer anything you’ve got for us. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are dedicated to your hearing health and all aspects of your life, living with hearing loss!

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