You don’t spend your days showing practice management software to audiologists and not learn a few things about hearing loss along the way. In the spirit of 'Save Your Hearing' Day on May 31st, here is some useful information I have picked up in my travels.
Prolonged exposure to loud noises can destroy nerve endings and result in permanent damage. This is serious, folks. The longer you are exposed to a loud noise, the more damaging it can be. Ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus, commonly occurs after noise overload and is an indication that impairment is occurring. Hearing loss affects people of all ages and it is important to be aware of any activities that might contribute to a decline in the quality of our hearing.
I also learned that there are many factors that can result in hearing loss:
- Genetic factors
- Neurological Disorders
- Physical Trauma
Good hearing is easily taken for granted. Unfortunately, some of my favorite activities here in Montana; swimming, hunting or playing music, can be problematic if I don't take the right precautions. A visit to an audiologist to discuss the options for ear protection is a proactive step that can have significant impact on our hearing health over time.
It is estimated that up to half of the cases of hearing impairment and deafness are preventable. Earplugs can be custom made by many local audiologists. If you suspect you have too much noise overload, schedule a consultation with an audiologist to help you navigate through the options of finding an earplug customized for your specific needs.
Make 2017 the year you take control of your hearing health and have a happy and safe 'Save Your Hearing' Day.
If you are an audiologist who struggles to track all of your ear molds, hearing aids, and accessories, I’d be happy to show you how TIMS can be your practice management solution. Click here to contact me for a demo.