With summer finally here, and outdoor concerts and fireworks in full swing, recent media coverage has focused on how to protect your ears from noise-induced hearing loss. To keep you informed, we’ve pulled together a summary of recent articles in the news.
Ear Plugs That Rock
If your plans the summer include concerts or fireworks, consider investing in some high-fidelity earplugs that crank down the volume without muffling the music. Remember that ear plugs only protect your hearing when worn correctly. To check, here’s a simple test: Say the words “boom” and “beat” while wearing the earplugs. If “boom” sounds louder to you than “beat” in either ear, the earplug needs to be pushed farther in.
Deaf to the Dangers of Loud Gym Music
While many people find loud music in fitness classes motivating, research indicates that noise levels are simply too high at the gym. One gym in the United States recorded a level of 106dB in a spin class. According to the article, an instructor teaching back-to-back classes, with music consistently this high, will ultimately end up with damaged hearing. Consider using those earplugs at the gym too!
Exercise Your Ears
According to the Idaho State Journal, “lack of adequate aerobic exercise, obesity, poor nutrition, cardiovascular problems, smoking, noise exposure, frequent use of pain relievers and exposure to organic solvents have been associated with a higher risk for hearing loss.” The article provides a list of healthy hearing practices that may help prevent or reduce hearing loss in adults and children and help maintain hearing fitness.
Communication and Environmental Modification
A recent blog post on the ASHA Sphere Blog, talks about difficult listening situations for people with hearing loss and how environmental modifications can reduce potential communication challenges. The author notes that the best plans to overcome difficulty in these situations include “reducing background noise and improving visibility (ex. lighting, proximity, orientation).”
Source: ASHA Sphere Blog
Scientists Come a Step Closer to Silencing Tinnitus
New research funded by Action on Hearing Loss suggests that tinnitus can be eliminated by blocking signals between the ear and brain, offering hope to suffers that a potential cure may be within reach. Prolonged exposure to loud music or working in a noisy environment is often the main reason why people are affected by this “ringing-in-the-ears” condition.