Why Hearing Prevention Strategies Are Essential | Hearing Health Awareness Month

08/24/2020 | Patient Resources

Throughout Hearing Health Awareness Month, the team is making every effort to spread awareness about why treatment is crucial during the early stages.

But what about halting hearing loss altogether?

Prevention strategies are now an essential part of modern life, but many people still refuse to take them seriously.

These are some of the reasons why you should be protecting your hearing every day.

Modern life is uncompromising

Most people assume hearing loss is something that people experience as they get older. But increasingly, younger people are some of the most at risk.

The reason for this comes down to their lifestyle choices, with Manchester University in the UK recently showing concert-goers were likely to suffer early hearing loss symptoms.

Other recreational activities, such as hunting, can lead to the same hearing loss issue, as once we witness a sound above a safe threshold, it can result in permanent damage.

In addition, you can pick up a problem from regularly listening to music above a level that’s harmful to your ears.

Combined, our auditory systems face challenges every day, and that’s why it’s important to take hearing loss prevention strategies seriously.

What the best hearing protection?

When people ask our specialists what the best hearing protection is, they always have the same answer: “The one that you’ll use!”

So often, hearing protection gets left on our shelves when we really need it. So irrespective of its sophistication, it has no benefits.

That being said, there are a variety of options, and a “one-size-fits-all” approach isn’t the best way to stop long-term damage.

Hearing protection that’s ideal for when you mow the lawn is very different from that which you might use if you go trap shooting, for example.

To be even more specific, hunters should choose different devices depending on the nature of their weapons, as the sounds these make will affect their ears in alternative ways.

A trained specialist at Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates can help you make the right decision.

Hearing protection fittings

When you come to Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates in search of hearing protection, we’ll initially want to learn all about your personal circumstances.

For example, if you’re looking for hearing protection while using a chainsaw, it would be important to know if you do this for hours straight or in short bursts.

This holistic approach to fittings means you won’t get saddled with expensive technology, which doesn’t suit your day-to-day requirements.

Similarly, if you’re a musician, our team will work with you to make sure you’re hearing the right tones while blocking out any harmful noises.

If you’re interested in learning more about hearing protection, contact the team at Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates and we’ll assist you rapidly.

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Erika Shakespeare CCC-A

Erika Shakespeare, CCC-A, specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification. Working with adults to help manage tinnitus and hearing loss since 2002, she is an expert in both of these areas. Additionally, she is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for pediatric audiologists across the country and is one of the most respected experts on pediatric audiology.

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