Smoky Mountain Hearing Specialists September 2019

SEPT 2019


The Signs of Hearing Loss and How to Prevent Them TOP 4 SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS

Over 466 million people in the world have some form of hearing loss, including 432 million adults and 34 million children. The numbers are set to rise even more though, and it’s estimated that by the year 2050, over 900 million people will suffer from hearing loss, which equates to one out of every 10 people. There are a variety of reasons for hearing loss. However, there are some vital signs and prevention methods you need to be aware of. Other People Mumbling More Frequently Given the noise we experience every day, like car engines, loud music at a cafe, and commercials, human voices can get lost in the shuffle. It’s natural to catch someone mumbling once or twice a week, but if it’s happening more often, it can be a cause for concern. TV Too Loud Is it harder to hear the TV when watching with friends or family? Are you the only one who struggles to hear it? These may be warning signs you need to get your hearing checked. Flip through various channels to determine if it’s your hearing or the channel itself. Ringing in the Ears Up to 90% of all individuals with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, have some level of hearing loss. More often than not, this is due to some damage or the loss of sensory hair cells in the inner ear. Being consistently exposed to loud sounds, suffering from a head injury or concussion, are consuming high amounts of caffeine are typically reasons for tinnitus. Difficulty Hearing in Groups Background noise occurring when several people are talking at once can make following a conversation nearly impossible. However, if you have difficulty hearing one person in a quiet group, it’s a clear sign you’re hearing may be impaired.

can use. Earplugs are a great way to decrease noise levels and protect your hearing in loud environments like at a concert, during yard maintenance, or while attending motor sports events.

If you use headphones, only have your volume up to 60% for a maximum of 60 minutes. Keep your ears dry. Excess moisture can cause swimmer’s

ear or other types of ear infections, which can be dangerous for your hearing ability. Manage your stress levels. High levels of stress and anxiety have been linked to both temporary and permanent ringing in the ears. Watch for these signs, and educate your family members, as well, regardless of their age. According to studies from the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of suffering noise- induced hearing loss from unsafe audio levels. The best thing you can do is maintain regular checkups. If you’re experiencing one or more of these issues, feel free to call us at 423-200-3612 or visit our website anytime at —Brett Parish

These are just a few of the signs of hearing loss and how you can discern them if the issue arises. To maintain your hearing, there are simple tricks you


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