October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

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October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

Tue, 10/01/2013

Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable. If your hearing is damaged by noise, that hearing loss is irreversible.

Preserve your hearing, preserve your health.

October 1, 2013: Hearing loss is a growing health issue among young adults and older Americans. There are 48 million people nationwide with hearing loss. October is National Protect Your Hearing Month, an important reminder to take steps to preserve your hearing health. That means limiting exposure to loud noises, as well as using ear protection when attending sports events or music concerts.

Follow the “60/60 Rule,” which means limiting the use of ear bud headphones to 60 minutes at a time and at 60 percent of the device’s maximum volume. Talk to a hearing health care provider or your physician and schedule a hearing test. If you do have hearing loss, it is important to discuss it with your family and seek treatment.

Common signs of hearing loss include:

  • Turning up the volume on the TV or radio to the level that others find too loud
  • Having trouble understanding on the phone
  • Having difficulty following conversations in noisy backgrounds such as in restaurants

For other signs of hearing loss, click here.

For more on hearing loss prevention, click here.

Workplace noise dangers

Teenagers experienced reduced hearing ability after attending a concert.

Hearing Health for Young Musicians

Public Service Announcements to Air Across the Country
Thanks to the Hearing Loss Association of America, hi HealthInnovations, and radio stations across the country, public service announcements (PSA) will air the announcement that October is National Hearing Protection Month.  As of October 1, the PSA has already aired on more than 1,100 stations.