A recent poll of parents found that more than 80 percent say they are concerned that misuse of personal audio technology is damaging the hearing of children. Hearing loss can result from too much exposure to sound from any source that is above 85 decibels. Many new technologies, such as stereo systems, handheld listening devices and even televisions can produce sound well above the level to be able to cause damage.
What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can be either a sudden or a gradual decrease in your ability to hear. Depending on the cause it can either be mild or severe and temporary or permanent. Many individuals who have hearing loss may not even realize it because it happens gradually.
How Do I know if I’m Experiencing Hearing Loss?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact a Broward Sinus Doctor.
Hearing Loss Symptoms:
Feeling as if your ear is plugged, similar to having water in your ear
Difficulty listening to things in your environment such as individuals speaking, a radio, or television
If you notice that you tend to listen to the television or a stereo at a higher volume then you previously used to
If these symptoms are left unchecked they can lead to more severe symptoms and conditions such as:
Ringing of the ears, known as Tinnitus
Any uncomfortable feelings from irritation to severe pain
Symptoms of vertigo (feeling as if your surroundings are spinning)
How to Prevent Hearing Loss
Loud Music and hearing are directly related. However, follow these basic steps to avoid and damage to your ears:
Avoid loud noises in your environment such as motorcycles, loud music, or industrial machines
At raves and concerts wear ear protection (They make really inexpensive high fidelity ear plugs these days that have gained popularity at EDM events and concerts)
When you cannot avoid loud noises in your environment, make sure to wear some sorthearing protection
Lower the volume of what you listen to if possible
Limit the amount of time that you spend listening to music or television
Wear headphones that go completely around or deep inside the ear in order to limit outside noise. By limiting outside sounds it will reduce the need to increase the volume of what you are listening to
There are other way to avoid excessive noise, and in some cases you can get ear protection custom made for it as well. Our team can help you diagnose, treat, and find the best options to avoid/reduce the risk of hearing loss.
To schedule an appointment with a hearing loss specialist or to find out more about our services call Odalys Alfonso at (954) 389-1414 or fill the short form below.