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Hearing Loss From Headphones

How Often Should I Get My Hearing Tested?

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I believe that you get your eyes tested annually. I’m sure that you visit your dentist regularly. However, how often do you get your hearing tested?

Nowadays, people probably will have a regular body check every year, but most of the people underestimate the importance of hearing health to their overall health and well-being.

There is a common misconception that hearing should only be checked when a problem is noticed.  We may easy to find our vision loss, but a problem with your hearing can often go undetected. It is too late when you notice that you have a hearing problem.

Hearing contributes to personal safety, emotional well-being and independence. Through your hearing, you are able to communicate directly with others and experience the sounds in your environment.

Hearing should be checked routinely throughout life. The Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP.org) recommend the following as guidelines for adults, although your Hearing Care Professional may advise you differently depending on your own individual circumstances.

Age Range                      How often

18 to 45 year olds           Every 5 years

45 to 60 year olds           Every 3 years

60 years plus                   Every 2 years

So, where can I have my hearing check?

Australian Hearing is the nation’s leading hearing specialist and largest provider of Government funded hearing services. They provide free hearing checks at over 490 locations nationwide and the check only takes less than 15 minutes, but it requests an appointment online.

If you want to book a hearing check, you can check the link below.

https://www.hearing.com.au/book-now/

Reference:

http://www.aihhp.org/your-hearing/routine-hearing-checks-how-often/

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Seven signs you may have hearing loss

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Are you hearing ringing, roaring, hissing or buzzing in one or both of your ears? Do you find it is difficult to understand speech when you are in noisy places or places with poor acoustics?

If you experiences any of the following symptoms, I strongly recommend you to take a hearing check immediately.

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1. Having the TV or radio turned up too loud

You may think this is not a sign of hearing loss. You probably think these symptoms only appear in the elder people. Then my friends, you make yourselves fall in the “traps”.

When your family members complain that you turn the volume too loud, you probably have a hearing problem.

2. Struggling to follow conversations and asking people to repeat themselves.

Do you find that you say ‘What?’ a lot when you have a conversation with others? If ‘What?’ is the most commonly used word in you daily life, you probably have hearing loss.

3. Muffled hearing or difficulty hearing background sound

If you find that people don’t speak clearly or it sounds like you’ve got cotton in your ears. Perhaps, your ears are being covered.

You’re with some friends at the new bistro in town. It’s noisy, just like any busy eatery. And all that background noise makes it difficult to hear the folks at your table. People with hearing loss often have problems masking out background noise.

4.Missing phone calls or the doorbell

Do you often have missed calls or people saying they’ve been outside your door knocking for an extended period of time?

This is common with hearing loss, particularly as you are more likely to have your TV or radio turned up louder than usual.

5. Twisting your neck to hear a sound

Turning your head so that your ear is pointing towards the source of the sound – whether this is someone talking, the TV or anything else, is one of the most blatant signs of deafness.

Directing your ear towards sound is great for hearing it better, but you shouldn’t need to do this and over time this will also become ineffective.

6. Upset when confronted about hearing problems

Like with a lot of thing, the first sign of a problem can be denial.

There’s plenty of help out there if you’re regularly being told by a range of people that you may be going deaf. Book a hearing test and help get yourself sorted as soon as possible.

7. Becoming withdrawn and isolated

Coming to terms with personal deficiencies can be sometimes be tough, leaving you increasingly likely to spend time away from others.

It’s important not to fret, as hearing can be improved the vast majority of the time.

Reference:

http://www.myihp.co.uk/the-signs-of-hearing-loss/

 

Will headphones damage my hearing?

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Do you feel helpless if you leave home without your earphones? Then, my friend, you are suffering from an addiction that doesn’t have a name but only harmful effects.

If you are one of those people who have a habit of using their headphones while commuting in the metro, buses, autos or even in the office while working on their computers and laptops, (basically, earphones are the basis of your survival throughout the day), then you are in terrible danger.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO)’s study, researchers found that more than 1 billion young people at risk of hearing damage from listening to loud music. This report suggested that nearly half people, who aged 12 to 35, were at risk of hearing damage because of loud music, which includes live music concerts or their own personal devices.

At the same time, experts are warning that new technology such as MP3 players and in-ear earphones is making it easier for people to blow out their eardrums.

Dr. Shelly Chadha, an expert in hearing loss prevention for the WHO in Geneva, found that any more than 15 minutes of daily exposure to music louder than 85 decibels could cause serious problems in a relatively short period of time.

“We have bones inside the ear which are responsible for hearing and when we are exposed to loud sounds it damages them,” she said.

“If one is exposed to sounds which are 85 decibels, it would sound like if you were sitting inside your car in heavy traffic. That level of sound one can actually listen to safely for up to eight hours.

“But if you were to go on increasing the sound, and if you’re listening to your music at 100 decibels, that would sound something like what a lawnmower would sound like.

“If you’re exposed to that intensity of sound, you can listen to it only for about 15 minutes or less than 15 minutes, and if you listen for longer than this on a daily basis, it’s bound to damage your hearing cells.”

Turn the music down, make sure you’re doing it for much less time, and less loud.

Reference:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-02/who-sounds-warning-over-music-hearing-damage/6272962

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/26/will-headphones-damage-my-hearing

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