Prolonged exposure to excessive noise from MP3 players, along with other loud environmental sounds, places 1.1 billion people at risk for noise-induced hearing loss worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) July 15, 2015
Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by prolonged exposure to sound volume above 85 decibels, and many of the sounds associated with daily activities reach well above this level. For example, according to Sonus Arlington Hearing Center, an MP3 player at maximum volume can reach 105 decibels.
Prolonged exposure to excessive noise from MP3 players, along with other loud environmental sounds, places 1.1 billion people at risk for noise-induced hearing loss worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Additionally, an estimated 26 million Americans already suffer from the condition.
But noise-induced hearing loss is also preventable, according to Sonus Arlington Hearing Center, and there are preventive steps that people can take to lessen the risk of developing long-term hearing loss later in life.
In a recently published article titled 6 Ways to Save Your Hearing, Sonus Arlington Hearing Center describes how people can protect their hearing. Generally, this is accomplished in one of three ways: avoiding damaging noise, reducing the volume of excessive noise, and reducing the amount of time subjected to the noise.
Oftentimes, it is not possible nor desirable to avoid potentially damaging noise entirely. In that case, the person has two options: either find ways to reduce the volume or find ways to take periodic rest breaks from the noise.
To mitigate damaging sound levels, Sonus Arlington Hearing Center suggests using custom earplugs, which can reduce sound volume without creating the muffled sound usually heard with the use of foam earplugs. Other strategies include maintaining a safe distance from the sound source, keeping portable music players at a reasonable volume, using noise-cancelling headphones, and taking frequent rest breaks in noisy environments, such as in recording studios or concert halls.
Sonus Arlington Hearing Center also encourages regular hearing tests to ensure that an individual’s hearing is not deteriorating, and if it is, to take early corrective measures for best results. Sonus Arlington Hearing Center can also provide custom hearing protection solutions for special circumstances, such as for the specialized needs of musicians or construction workers, for example.
The full article can be found here: http://www.sonusarlington.com/6-ways-to-save-your-hearing.
About Sonus Arlington Hearing Center
Sonus Arlington Hearing Center is a full-service audiology practice located at 2500 Wilson Blvd, Suite 105 in Arlington, VA. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and compassionate staff, Sonus Arlington Hearing Center offers comprehensive services including hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, custom hearing aid fittings, hearing aid cleanings, rehabilitative counseling, preventive care advice, and service and repair for most hearing aid models.
Dr. Sandra Romano
Sonus Arlington Hearing Center