How to Detect Hearing Loss
Do any of these apply to you?
- I have trouble understanding what people are saying
- I often ask people to repeat themselves
- I have trouble understanding conversations when there’s background noise (for example, at a restaurant or in a busy workplace)
- I avoid social situations because I have trouble following the conversation
- I turn up the TV and radio to levels that others tell me is loud
- I often have ringing in my ears
- I hear in one ear better than the other
- I’ve been told that I have a hearing problem
If you answered yes to more than one of the above, you may have hearing loss. Don’t let communication problems like these keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Call Hearing Solutions LLC now to schedule a hearing evaluation. Don’t wait! Early treatment is the most effective treatment.
Hearing Loss Prevention
Do you work around machines, vehicles, or crowds of people? What may seem like a normal amount of noise to you may be causing irreversible damage and contributing to hearing loss. For example, running a chain saw without proper ear protection for only two minutes can be dangerous for your hearing. The louder the sound, the less time it takes to harm your hearing. Prolonged exposure to moderate levels of noise can also cause hearing loss.
The good news is there are reliable ways to prevent hearing loss. Devices specific to many professions and hobbies exist so that doing your job or enjoying your favorite activities won’t cost you your hearing. Most solutions are easy to use and comfortable to wear so you can incorporate hearing loss prevention into your daily routine. Call Hearing Solutions LLC can help with hearing loss prevention for a number of occupations or activities.
Roughly 50 percent of all recreational shooters may suffer some degree of hearing loss. Most gunfire exceeds 130 decibels. To prevent hearing loss and permanent damage to hearing, use reliable ear protection. Hunters have many options for ear protection, including custom or over-the-counter earplugs or earmuffs, and devices that provide amplification while muffling the sounds of gunfire.
Electronic earplugs enhance the sounds around you. For example, you can hear game movement but also reduce impulse sounds (such as gunfire) to a safe level. This helps prevent damage to your hearing. Electronic earplugs are available in custom molds as well as standard, less expensive alternatives.
Hearing Protection for Law Enforcement
If you’re involved in law enforcement, you know how important your hearing is to perform your job effectively. You may also have experienced a situation in which firing your weapon has temporarily reduced your ability to hear. And if it hasn’t already happened, there may be a future situation where your partner or a member of your team will be forced to fire their weapon in close proximity or in a confined area. The potential damage to your hearing could be severe and cause irreversible hearing loss.
Ear Protection for Musicians
Professional musicians work in a high decibel environment that can cause hearing loss, tinnitus, hypersensitivity to sound, and sound distortion. Traditional earplugs won’t work for the professional musician because they reduce sound by muffling low-to-mid-range frequencies. Instead, look for custom musician earmolds. They’re available to protect musicians’ ears from loud sounds without distorting what they hear. There is also a variety of “in-ear monitors” and other products that will enhance the music experience and protect your ears, whether you’re a serious musician or just a music aficionado.