Five Hearing Tips

Five Hearing Tips

Five hearing tips

By Kristiina K. Huckabay, AuD, FAAA
Audiologist at Swedish Otolaryngology Specialists

Did you know that portable music players produce sound at up to 100 decibels? That’s approaching the level of a jet plane taking off, which measures 120 decibels. Any volumes higher than 85 decibels can cause hearing loss if listened to for prolonged periods of time.

Swedish Otolaryngology Specialists recommend the following tips for hearing loss prevention:

  1. Turn down the volume. TVs, stereos and headphones should be kept at a reasonable listening volume. If the person next to you can hear the music from your headphones, you may be putting your ears at risk for hearing loss.
  2. Give your ears a break if you work in a noisy setting. Take time during each day to seek out a quiet environment. It’s not just the volume of the sound that can cause hearing loss; the duration of the noise exposure can also be harmful.
  3. Protect yourself. Wear earplugs or earmuffs when participating in loud activities, such as going to concerts, using power tools or even mowing the lawn.
  4. Don’t clean your ears with Q-tips, or other similar objects. Sticking small objects into your ear canal can cause wax to build up and block sound. Your primary care physician can determine if you have a cerumen (ear wax) problem during your annual visit.
  5. Get your hearing checked. The Audiology clinic at Swedish Otolaryngology Specialists can evaluate your hearing, and help you with necessary steps to protect or enhance your hearing.
    • Protection of hearing: Custom hearing protection for music or general noise reduction can be created to fit your ears.
    • Enhancement of hearing: If a hearing loss warrants amplification, an appointment can be scheduled to discuss appropriate technology options and styles that exist today. Amplification in the 21st century is not the same as your grandmother’s hearing aids!

Small changes in day-to-day activities can go a long way in maintaining good hearing in the future.

References

American Academy of Audiology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


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Get your hearing checked at the Audiology clinic at Swedish Otolaryngology Specialists. Our audiologist can evaluate your hearing, and help you with necessary steps to protect or enhance your hearing.

  • Protection of hearing: Custom hearing protection for music or general noise reduction can be created to fit your ears. Custom products can also be created for coupling to portable MP3 devices and some telephone headsets.
  • Enhancement of hearing: If a hearing loss warrants amplification, an appointment can be scheduled to discuss appropriate technology options and styles that exist today. Amplification in the 21st century is not the same as your grandmother’s hearing aids!

If you are missing the sounds of your life call 206-215-1770 to schedule a hearing evaluation. for more information, read more about the services we offer.

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