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Call Avalon Hearing Aid Center Fair Oaks (916) 365-9081 www. Hearing-Aids-Fair-Oaks-CA.com 8146 Greenback Lane, Suite 100 Fair Oaks, California, 95628 Heavy equipment, noisy machinery and gunfire all take their toll on your precious sense of hearing. So can loud music, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, power tools, hair dryers and other everyday appliances. Our modern world is noisy.

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									  Noise-Induced Hearing Loss – An Article for Vets
                                  Heavy equipment, noisy machinery and
                                  gunfire all take their toll on your precious
                                  sense of hearing. So can loud music, lawn
                                  mowers, leaf blowers, power tools, hair
                                  dryers and other everyday appliances.
                                  Our modern world is noisy.

                        We experience loud sounds just about
everywhere we go – at our jobs, in our entertainment and
recreation, and even in our homes.

These loud sounds known as “noise pollution” harm your hearing.
These noises put stress on the delicate nerve endings in the inner
ear. Prolonged exposure can eventually damage and destroy
these nerve endings resulting in permanent hearing loss.

The correlation between noise exposure and hearing loss was
only discovered after World War II, when our men came back
from war. Most war veterans had been exposed to gunfire,
explosions and loud engine noises. Some experienced immediate
hearing loss but most men’s hearing loss would show up very
gradually, 10, 20 and even 30 years later.

It was only in the 1940’s that true research and studies started to
deal with this large problem of veterans coming back from war
not being able to hear or understand conversation. In fact, it was
Veteran’s Affairs that lead the way in this research.

Noise-induced hearing loss usually results in a loss of the high
frequencies. You hear people talking but it becomes more difficult
to understand or follow conversations. With this type of loss, a
person is unable to distinguish certain consonants such as th, s,
and f. Words like thin, fin and sin are easily confused. People with
high frequency hearing loss often believe others are mumbling.
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They often misunderstand and have to ask people to repeat
themselves.
It takes increasingly more effort to follow a conversation so there
is a tendency to withdraw from social situations. Over time, this
wears away at one’s confidence and self-esteem.

When background noise is present (which it usually is), the high-
pitch speech sounds are even harder to distinguish. Loud sounds
aggravate the situation even more as they are often perceived as
extremely loud to those suffering from a noise-induced hearing
loss. This condition is known as “recruitment” and can be
confusing.

If you’re losing your hearing, then how can it be that loud sounds
bother you? You have to ask people to repeat but when they raise
their voices slightly, it sounds like they are yelling and it may
actually hurt to hear. This can be confusing to all people
concerned.

Hearing loss used to be blamed on “old age”. This simply is no
longer true. Consider the fad of young people listening to music
through headphones and ear buds. This practice can cause more
damage to your hearing than actually being inside a bar or hall
where the music is dissipated through a large room. Listening to
music through headphones at 108 decibels SPL for only 5 minutes
a day may result in a hearing loss within a few short years.

Compare that volume to the sound of a lawn mower at 106
decibels or the roar of a motor cycle at 100 decibels. (If you have
children or grandchildren who listen to music through
headphones, please pass this information on to them. A good rule
of thumb is if you can hear their music playing when you are
more than three feet away, damage may be occuring to their
precious hearing.)



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(916) 365-9081
Today, people of all ages must be aware of the potential danger
of “noise pollution”. Environmental sounds cause wear and tear
on your valuable sense of hearing.


If you have served in the Armed Forces, worked in a noisy
environment or are concerned about your hearing, take this
simple word test. Have someone, using a normal voice, read each
of the following words in random order.

Have them write out your response next to the appropriate word.
Be sure to close your eyes so that you are only testing your ears
– not your eyes and your ears. We all get a lot of information
from visual cues when listening.

High Frequency Word List
feet
teeth
faith
fast
chief
fifth
seat
peace
thief
seep

If you misunderstood two or more words, make an appointment
to have a thorough hearing test. Early detection is important to
people of all ages when living in a noisy world. Whatever you do,
take that first step and find out the truth about your hearing. And
lastly, if you are serving in our country now, thank YOU, God
bless you and keep you safe!


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Avalon Hearing Aid Center, Inc.
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