06 Oct 2017
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Although most hearing loss can be managed with state-of-the-art hearing instruments, like modern hearing aids, there are a few simple steps you should take this fall to prevent further damage (or hearing impairment altogether)!

  1. Get a checkup! Remember, you should take your whole family in for a professional evaluation once a year. Even children should get their hearing tested, as hearing loss can certainly affect learning and development.
  2. Abstain from excessive noise exposure. A large percentage of adults have noise-induced hearing loss.  When you can, reduce exposure to sounds above 85 decibels and wear earplugs. Protecting your ears at concerts, or even while you mow or blow leaves can really improve your hearing.  Curb the use of your earphones and when you do listen to music remember: if the people around you can hear it, it’s too loud.
  3. Keep hearing aids in shape. If you don’t suffer from hearing loss yourself, help your loved ones keep their devices clean and up-to-date. Always keep extra batteries handy at home and in your car or purse.
  4. Keep work/school informed. Co-workers and teachers need to be aware of your or your loved one’s hearing impairment.  If you have a child with hearing loss, teachers can be a crucial resource for them during the day.  Classroom seating arrangements and closed captioning are only two of many supportive options.  At the job, co-workers need to be aware of any hearing difficulties so that they may adjust communication guidelines, and prevent any misunderstandings.
  5. Recognize the signs. Ask the following questions: Do I often ask people to repeat themselves? Do I complain about noise or ear aches?  Do I need to turn up the TV frequently?  Do I have difficulty hearing phone conversations?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, take charge of your hearing and get a check-up today!

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