Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 11, 2013
Supported by a Congressional health education program, organizations across the country celebrate National Men’s Health Month every June by hosting free screenings, health fairs, media appearances and numerous health education and outreach programs.
As part of Men’s Health Month, Healthy Hearing is encouraging all men who work in environments with dangerous noise levels or who might already be experiencing hearing loss to get their hearing tested.
The Purpose Behind Men’s Health Month
The goal of Men’s Health Month is to increase public awareness of the most common preventable health problems facing men. Numerous activities are planned throughout the United States to encourage early detection and treatment of disease among boys and men. During June, healthcare providers, public speakers, the media and survivors are given the opportunity to educate and speak out about disease and injuries affecting the male population.
Don’t Forget Your Hearing Health
Hearing loss is a common issue affecting an estimated 38 million Americans every year. And if you’re a man, you’re more likely to be faced with hearing loss in your lifetime. According to the Better Hearing Institute, six out of 10 individuals with hearing loss are men.
While there are many causes of hearing loss, statistics show men are generally more susceptible to the condition due to the noisy nature of many of their employment opportunities. Because we’re living in a much noisier environment, hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sounds is a growing issue. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in agriculture, construction, firefighting, manufacturing, military and mining are the hardest on your ears. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the average 25-year-old carpenter has the hearing of a 50-year-old.
Take Steps to Protect Your Hearing
The good news is that noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented. Individuals should limit their exposure to loud noises as much as possible, particularly when working in a noisy profession. Hearing loss caused by loud noises is temporary, but can become permanent if the proper protection steps aren’t taken.
For men faced with prolonged exposure to loud sound levels because of their career field, there are several different options available for protecting hearing. Earplugs, earbuds and noise-cancelling headphones are designed to help cushion or block the loud noises from traveling through and damaging the ear canal. Symptoms of hearing loss include: having to ask people to repeat themselves, difficulty understanding conversation in background noise and having to turn the volume up frequently on televisions or radios.
Hearing loss can be detrimental to quality of life, but it doesn’t have to be. Contact a hearing health provider to find proper hearing protection and get a hearing test! Visit http://www.healthyhearing.com/hearing-aids to find one in your area.