Hearing Loss in the Holidays

Simple tips to improve your holiday gathering for loved ones with hearing loss.

As the holiday season arrives, you are likely planning family get-togethers or social gatherings. If you or a loved one has hearing loss, these events can be a challenge.

Sometimes the difficulty of hearing in a social gathering can cause withdrawal and even lead to depression.  Sound Hearing Now encourages you to consider these simple tips to provide support and encourage everyone to have a merry holiday season.

  • Pay attention. If you notice a loved one not participating in the conversation, he or she may be struggling to keep up with what is being said.  Help guide them back into the discussion.
  • Turn it down. While background music can add to a festive environment, consider turning it down or off when you want people to converse. Background noise can be a big challenge for people with hearing loss.
  • About face. Individuals with hearing loss communicate more easily when they can see facial expression and mouths of those speaking.
  • Stay close. When speaking with a friend or family member with hearing loss remember to get close. Perhaps touch their arm or hand before you speak to show them you want their attention.

Do you or someone you love struggle to hear during social gatherings? If so, you may be experiencing communication issues due to hearing loss. Click here to make an appointment with Sound Hearing Now at one our convenient locations in the Upstate today!

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Musicians struggle commonly with hearing loss

Noise-induced hearing loss common among professional musicians

Professional musicians experience hearing loss, tinnitus and ear pain, an Iranian study finds.

Professional musicians are exposed to loud sounds to a larger extend than many others. Due to this exposure to high-intensity sounds, musicians are at greater risk of noise-induced-hearing-loss-nihl”>noise-induced hearing loss. Noise exposure is one of the major causes of a sensorineural hearing loss.

An Iranian study among professional musicians has shown that 42.2% had audiometric notches in one ear (unilateral hearing loss) and 19.2% had audiometric notches in both ears (bilateral hearing loss). The notches were more frequent in musicians with more work experience than in those with less work experience.

The frequency of notches in one or both ears was 46.3% in men and 23.8% in women.

Only 2% of the participants used hearing protection devices.

Violin players

The study said that the frequency of hearing loss in the left ear among violin players was higher than expected, namely 41.7% versus 27.5%.

Tinnitus and ear pain

The study also found that 51% experienced tinnitus after performances and 28% experienced ear pain during the performances.

About the study

The study was conducted among 125 Iranian traditional and/or pop musicians with at least five years of professional work. The study consisted of a questionnaire and a clinical examination of the hearing threshold levels.

Each individual occupational noise exposure was calculated by multiplying the number of their years of exposure by the number of hours of exposure per week.

The study “Noise induced hearing loss among professional musicians” was published in the journal of Occupational health in 2017.

Source: Journal of Occupational Health, Vol 59, 2017

 

 

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Hearing loss isn’t just about YOU!

Studies show that untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with those closest to us!

The statistics speak volumes.

In a recent article on HealthyHearing.com, Lisa Packer noted these staggering statistics: “According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), more than 48 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss. The problem is that only 1 out of 4 people who need them wear hearing aids. That means 75 percent of those with hearing loss are putting their relationships at risk.” (more…)

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Hearing Loss and Falls

We all know that hearing aids can prevent dimentia, but did you know they can also prevent falls! This is very important when you see how dramatic the decline in senior health can be after a fall like breaking a hip, for example. Maintaining healthy hearing is key to having overall good health.

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