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Its A Noisy World, So Protect Your Hearing

How Loud Is Too Loud?

 

On almost any given day most of us are exposed to noise at dangerous volume levels that are loud enough to potentially cause permanent long-term damage to our hearing.  While those that do not live with hearing loss may not fully realize the negative impact it has on one’s quality of life, those that do, fully understand that their future well-being depends on taking the steps necessary to protect their hearing.

How loud is dangerous?

12 Signs You Might Need Hearing Aids

 

Getting older is no fun. Most of us find that as we get older, our bodies change in many ways – some good, some not so good. Oftentimes, these changes occur very gradually over time and are almost unnoticeable until it’s too late. Being able to recognize these changes and proactively curb their effects becomes important to maintaining a quality standard of life.

How Do Directional Microphones Make It Easier To Hear Speech?

How Directionality Works

Localizing sounds or identifying the direction they come from, is primarily made possible by having two ears, separated by our head.  Just like having two eyes improves depth perception, input from two ears improves our ability to comprehend speech in noise.  A person with normal hearing in both ears has a better chance of understanding speech-in-noise than a person with perfect hearing but only one ear.

Medication and Hearing Loss

Did you know that more than 200 types of common over-the-counter and prescribed drugs and chemicals can damage your hearing?  Aspirin, which lurks on a shelf in most people’s bathroom cabinets, is one of them.

Known as ototoxic, the adverse effects of these medications usually starts with ringing in the ears and/or loss of balance. More severe reactions, such as permanent hearing loss, occurs when ototoxic medications are taken in high dosages or over a long period.  

Hearing Aids and Your Memory - A Healthy Connection

For many people, the holiday season is full of family traditions deeply rooted into their minds by a lifetime of celebrations and quality moments. Fond recollections of loved ones and special times over the years have systematically been stored into pockets of cognitive recall deep inside the brain. These are more commonly known as memories.