Ten million American have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise, and 30 million more are exposed to dangerous levels of noise each day. But, while noise-induced hearing loss can be permanent, it can also be prevented.
West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) May 17, 2010 -- May is Better Hearing Month, but millions of Americans are continuing to needlessly risk losing their hearing each day, warns audiologist Dr. Cindy Beyer.
“Almost all hearing loss is due to the aging process or to noise, but only noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented,” says Dr. Beyer, senior vice president of HearUSA, (Amex:EAR) a nationwide provider of hearing care and hearing aids.
Ten million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise and another 30 million are exposed to dangerous levels of noise each day, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
“Noise-induced hearing loss usually develops gradually, often over a period of many years. The damage done to hearing is related to noise levels and the durations of exposure,” says Dr. Beyer.
She noted that a single acoustic trauma, such as that caused by a shotgun blast, can result in permanent hearing loss -- or in temporary hearing loss, which may be followed by partial or total recovery. “Sudden hearing loss always requires prompt medical attention,” says Dr. Beyer.
“The good news,” says Dr. Beyer, “is that noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented by recognizing and avoiding potentially damaging noise whenever possible, and using effective hearing protec
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