If you are suffering from hearing loss or have been facing hearing problems, you are not alone. Roughly 48 million people in the United States have some degree of hearing loss. With more people – especially young people – being exposed to excess noise on a regular basis, the number of people with hearing problems will likely increase.
“One of the most common causes of hearing loss is noise exposure,” said Dr. Erin Davlin, an audiologist at Parker & Castle Rock Centers for Audiology. “Maybe your job exposed you to a lot of noise or maybe you went to a lot of concerts. It’s extremely common for anyone who’s lived a full and active life to experience some degree of hearing loss.”
Exposure to loud noise can cause hearing problems that often takes the form of temporary or permanent tinnitus.
Tinnitus is described as a nagging buzzing, whistling, whining, or screeching noise in the head or ears that vary in intensity and can be intermittent or constant.
The degree of loudness and even the type of sound is particular to each person. Some tinnitus sufferers describe the noise as being as piercing and sharp, such as the signal used in the emergency broadcast system.
Tinnitus afflicts 50 million people in the U.S., and it can be instigated or worsened by the sounds of summer like boats, firecrackers, and lawnmowers. All of these sounds are produced at decibel levels that can increase or cause hearing loss and tinnitus.
Protecting your hearing this summer and preventing the onset of tinnitus can be as simple as wearing earplugs when mowing the lawn, attending concerts, working with machinery, or enjoying fireworks. There are also custom fit protective ear molds available that provide increased comfort when engaging in noisy activities.
Parker & Castle Rock Centers for Audiology can advise you on the best options for your activities and help with any hearing problem or tinnitus-related issues. Hearing health starts with preventative measures!