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Sports and Hearing

With football season behind us and March Madness right around the corner, sports fans have a lot to cheer about. For instance, Bostonians recently celebrated the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LI victory with a city-wide parade, complete with deafening shouts and wailing vehicle sirens.

Boston sports fans are known for their enthusiasm and incredible volume of noise they produce as they support their teams. While cheering, yelling and music are a part of most sporting events, there’s one major downside to all the fun – hearing loss or damage.

2017 Healthy Hearing ResolutionAlmost half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each January. But often, we set unrealistic goals and they’re forgotten within a few months.

Such statistics shouldn’t keep you from picking New Year’s resolutions that will stick. Get on the road to success by setting practical goals for a healthier lifestyle, which includes hearing health.

This season, Associates in Hearing HealthCare in New Jersey wants you to try these four easy hearing loss resolutions. Together, we can make your hearing health a lasting priority.

fotolia 85203576What is Tinnitus?

If you hear ringing, chirping or buzzing noises in your ears, you might have tinnitus.

Approximately 15% of Americans experience some tinnitus and hearing loss symptoms, which can cause difficulty with concentration, sleep and even simple daily tasks. If you’re one of them, it’s time for a change.

Although there is no cure for tinnitus, audiologists, scientists and doctors have discovered several treatments that may give you some relief, like hearing aids, maskers or medicine.

Hearing ExamHearing loss is the third most common health ailment for seniors. In fact, nearly 27 million senior Americans have hearing loss, but only 1 in 7 use a hearing aid. 
 
The case for early treatment is strong – hearing aids can protect against several health consequences linked to unaddressed hearing loss, like cognitive decline and depression.
 

National Audiology Awareness MonthThis October, the American Academy of Audiology encourages you learn more about noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) – the only hearing loss that’s preventable – and to learn more about audiology.

Our goal at Associates in Hearing HealthCare is to raise awareness among youth and their parents about the causes and prevention of NIHL. While younger age groups might be more likely to crank up the volume and listen to headphones, NIHL affects people of all ages.

About 26 million Americans have hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noises. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that as many as 16% of teens have reported varying degrees of hearing loss caused by loud noise exposure.

Boomer PhelpsAccording to the Center for Hearing and Communication, an estimated 3 million children in the U.S. have a hearing impairment. A small number of these (roughly 1 in 1000) are born with hearing loss, and a few others develop hearing loss due to a genetic factor. But the largest culprit is noise and it is now recognized as the leading cause of hearing loss. Hearing loss occurs when sensory hair cells in the inner ear are damaged by noises that are too loud or last for too long.

We live in a very noisy world and while many parents think to protect their children from health hazards, fewer think to protect hearing, mainly because noise is so ubiquitous. Noise damage is cumulative, so starting earlier pays off in preventing hearing loss.

Even in infancy, little ears can be damaged. Recall that baby Phelps wore headphones while watching his father’s swim-meets in the Olympics. Earphones for young children attending large sporting events such as football, baseball are an excellent idea.

While preteens are starting to make some of their own life choices, they’re still listening to their parents. That’s why it’s a great time to talk to them about noise-induced hearing loss.

Hearing TechnologyTelephones are ubiquitous in our world. There is no escape from them. For folks with hearing loss they present a huge challenge. But…. there are some really good new tricks that can be used to help.

Under normal conversational condition, talkers look at each other and a person with a hearing loss receives a huge benefit from seeing the talker. The brain gets information from both ears and both eyes and combines visual and auditory cues, allowing the listener to follow a conversation with greater ease. But with a phone, not only are the visual cues missing but the auditory signal goes only to one ear and frequently is noisy and distorted, resulting in a very difficult situation for the person with a hearing problem. Hearing aids can help but not always as much as we would like.

Healthy HearingAbout 36 million Americans –17% of the U.S. population – are currently living with some degree of hearing loss. Though age is a factor, noise-induced hearing loss among all ages is also a concerning issue. When we subject our ears to loud sounds – like music, air travel and power tools, without using ear protection, hearing loss might occur.

Luckily, it’s never too late to preserve your hearing, even if you already have some degree of hearing loss. The staff at Associates in Hearing HealthCare in NJ has compiled a list of 5 ways you can limit hearing loss:

National Night OutOn Tuesday August 2 we will be participating in National Night Out at the Wish Upon a Star Park and Barrington Softball Field. For those folks who are not aware, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

It is a fun evening with local businesses and community organizations providing information ranging from health care to boy scouts. There will be music, face painters, balloon twisters, a clown and lots of other activities. Last year there was a “Dunk the Cop” booth that was well supported!! We will have to see if it happens again this year.

The evening starts at 6:00 pm and concludes around 8:00 pm. Come and join us.

Summer Hearing Aid CareFor most of us, summertime means swimming, cookouts and sunscreen. If you wear hearing aids, these summer activities can wreak havoc with your devices. After all, hearing aids are delicate instruments that are vulnerable to heat and moisture.

But the sunshine and water doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow these 5 tips for healthy hearing in the summer, and contact Associates in Hearing HealthCare today at (856) 266-9590 for more tips on protecting your hearing devices.