May is National Better Hearing Month and it’s a good time to look at the impact hearing loss has on Americans. Today, approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss–more than half of them are under age 65.
We know that untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being. Hearing impairment can decrease your quality of life and have a negative impact on your personal relationships, your ability to be effective at work and your long-term overall health.
To learn more, watch the video: May is National Better Hearing Month
Signs you may have a hearing loss:
• Difficulty hearing people talk in noisy environments such as a restaurant, shopping mall, in a car, or at the movie theater.
• People seem to “mumble” all the time.
• Family, friends, or colleagues often have to repeat themselves when speaking with you.
• You have trouble hearing people when they are not facing you or are in another room.
• You have trouble following conversations.
• You have ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in your ears.
There ARE ways to protect yourself from source of noise exposure
• You can wear hearing protection such as foam earplugs, earmuffs and custom hearing protection devices.
• Turn down the volume when listening to the radio, the TV, MP3 player, or anything through ear buds and headphones.
• Walk away from the noise.
• And, other than hearing protection, do not put any-
thing in your ear!
If you have any symptoms, or you are over 50 years, I recommend you have a hearing exam to determine if you need help to improve your hearing.