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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.
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. Avalon Hearing Aid Center, Inc. (916) 365-9081 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.) Avalon Hearing Aid Center, Inc. (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! For More Information Call Us (916) 365-9081 at Avalon Hearing Aid Center, Inc. (916) 365-9081 or visit http://hearing-aids-fair-oaks-ca.com/ Avalon Hearing Aid Center, Inc. (916) 365-9081
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