October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

Dr. Michele using a practice model for implanting.

Dr. Michele trying her hand at placing an implant on a practice model.

At Child’s Voice, we change the lives of children with hearing loss. Our students may have been born with hearing loss or may have a progressive loss that over time has impacted their ability to develop listening and spoken language.

October has been named National Hearing Awareness month. Even though this is the end of the month, I encourage you to be aware of noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss can and does happen to anyone/everyone. This hearing loss may be suddenly present or can develop over many years.

Many research studies have shown the effects of noise (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The latest statistics state that at least 10 million adults in the US under the age 70 have a loss. More alarming is as many as 40 million adults may have a hearing loss from noise in one or both ears.

So let’s learn how to PREVENT noise induced hearing loss. This is something we CAN control.  First, visit this link. It will simulate the loudness of various everyday items.

And here are three easy steps everyone can take to protect our hearing:

  • Lower the volume-Many devices have a setting that allows you to set a maximum volume-anything about 85 decibels is too loud.
  • Safe distance- Put some distance between you and the noise source by moving away.
  • Keep them covered– Cover your ears or wear earplugs if you are going to a noisy place (rock concerts, cutting the grass, etc.)

For the children at Child’s Voice, they are learning strategies and techniques to succeed and live their life with a hearing loss.

For those without hearing loss, please protect your hearing now for many wonderful years of listening to come.

To learn more, visit National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Fondly,

Dr. Michele