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Could Your Lifestyle Cause Hearing Loss? Find out!

A study by Johns Hopkins Medicine in the United States shows that by the year 2060, the number of people over the age of 20 who have hearing loss will nearly double. There are several reasons for this; however, it can be greatly attributed to our modern lifestyles.

Many activities we do and places we go present potential harm to our hearing. A lot of it has to do with high decibels. It only takes sound of 85 decibels (dB) or higher to cause permanent hearing damage such as noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). That’s about as loud as the average lawn mower. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to maintain good hearing health and still do the things you love!

Here are some of the things we do that can lead to hearing loss:

Earbuds

Do you turn the volume up when you’re listening to your music? Even though this might help you power through your workout or deal with your commute to work, it’s not the best idea long term. It’s detrimental to your hearing health and is one of the worst things you can do to your ears.

Turn the volume down a little and give your ears a break every now and then! A good rule of thumb is to keep your device under 60% of its capacity for volume.

Concerts

Going to concerts is always a great activity, but many venues are far too noisy. The average rock concert can reach between 110 and 140 dB! Exposing yourself to this can lead to noise-induced hearing loss, sometimes after just one concert. Have you ever experienced ringing in your ears after going to a concert? That’s known as tinnitus, and it is a sign that you have done permanent damage to your hearing.

Next time you go to a concert, bring a pair of earplugs. If the whole family is in tow, invest in some special earmuffs made just for kids! If you can, try to find a seat that isn’t next to a speaker or crazy crowd.

Movie Theaters

Watching a movie like Spiderman in the theater is exciting, but incredibly loud. Some movies reach almost 100 dBs. Despite the efforts of hearing health advocates, right now, most movie theaters around the world don’t have any regulations for speaker volume.

Of course, we don’t want you to miss out on a release of the next Star Wars film, so wear some ear protection. You could also watch it at home in a few weeks where you save money and can pause to fill up your popcorn too!

Restaurants and Bars

Some restaurants and bars can be a bit noisy and crowded. The average conversation sits at about 50-65 dB. When multiple conversations are going on at once and the restaurant is playing background music, the atmosphere can get far too noisy! Sports bars are also notorious for their abundance of televisions and noisy crowds.

Next time you’re out and you feel the environment is too loud, simply ask your waiter or bartender to turn down the volume of the TV’s or music! Your hearing health is important, and your waiter should take very good care of you.

At the end of the day, our modern lifestyles can hinder our hearing health, but you never have to miss out on great life experiences. The best thing you can do is be smart and protected. If you don’t already have hearing protection, invest in some. Your ears will thank you!

To make sure you are hearing at your very best, schedule an appointment with your hearing healthcare provider today!


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Everything you need to know about Tinnitus

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It is estimated that around six million people – that’s about one in ten of the population – are affected by the ear condition, tinnitus. And, for as many as 600,000 of those sufferers, the symptoms can be so severe that it can seriously impact on quality of life.

What’s more, as many as a third of the population are likely to suffer from tinnitus at some time in their lives.

So if you are silently soldiering on with tinnitus – there may be some comfort in knowing you are far from alone.

What is Tinnitus?

The name comes from the Latin word tinnire to ring – which is very apt. Basically, it’s a hearing disorder where a person is plagued with a mixture of ringing, buzzing, whistling and humming noises in the ear. The sounds actually emanate from within the body.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom which can be associated with a number of underlying causes. It is certainly linked with age-related hearing loss, but tinnitus has also been attributed to inner ear damage, resulting from repeated exposure to loud noises. A build up of ear wax or even middle ear infection can also trigger it, as well as Ménière’s disease, a condition that causes hearing loss and vertigo (loss of balance). Otosclerosis, an inherited condition involving abnormal middle ear bone growth, is another culprit.

Prevention

Whilst there is no known cure for tinnitus – and no medication to treat it – the good news is that the condition is manageable. Prevention is certainly the best option and this can be achieved by:

  • Protecting your ears from noise damage by using earplugs or muffs
  • Avoiding the use of cotton buds. Ears clean themselves naturally and buds can actually push wax further into the ear or, worse still, damage the ear drum
  • Treating ear infections quickly
  • Exercising regularly and controlling blood pressure

Managing Tinnitus

In the absence of a full-blown cure, management is the most effective treatment. And there’s plenty of help at hand, on which we can advise you.  The best known of these involves counselling aligned with a range of talk and sound therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT can be delivered either via the internet or in a one-to-one session.

There is also tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT). This is a process of learning to handle tinnitus on a conscious and subconscious level and has been known to benefit a lot of people.

So you don’t have to deal with this on your own.

At Advanced Hearing, we can advise on the best course of treatment, depending on the level and severity of the tinnitus you are experiencing.

Initially, if you are worried about your hearing, you can book a hearing check at your local branch. Find one near you – click here.


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