Summer is here! And so are loud sounds that could damage your hearing.
Monday, June 20th, marked the official beginning of summer! But we’ve already been hearing those warm-weather sounds. From lawn mowers to motorcycles to jet skis to outdoor concerts and fireworks, summer always has its own soundtrack.
Unfortunately, your summer soundtrack may contribute to noise-induced hearing loss. Sound is measured in decibels, and we know that a normal conversation (around 60 decibels) may continue indefinitely with little to no risk of hearing damage. But exposure to noises louder than 85 decibels for a longer period of time may put you at risk for hearing loss. And most people’s summer soundtrack is filled with such at-risk noises:
||Typical Level (in decibels)
||Risk of hearing damage (in minutes)
||Little risk over extended time
|Outdoor rock concert
|Fireworks (depending on distance from explosion)
Make sure you protect your ears so you can enjoy many more summer soundtracks, including whispers, chirping crickets and wind in trees—those less noisy but meaningful sounds. Always use ear protection when around noises louder than 85 dB or find ways to be around loud noises for as little time as possible.
At Luna Family Hearing you can purchase custom ear molds for water sports, motorcycle riding, music listening and monitors, musician performance and even for sleeping! And, just buying basic over-the-counter hearing protection either in the foam version that go in your ear canal to the over-the-ear headphone style hearing protectors will help preserve your hearing and reduce any damage caused by loud sounds in your life.
If you think you’ve experienced a change in your hearing, please call us and we will schedule a free hearing test for you today!
Enjoy your summer soundtrack! Give us a call if you need anything for your hearing loss, hearing aids, or to order custom hearing protection to enjoy your summer to its fullest.
1-855-HEAR-NOW or 425-455-5596 with locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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Hearing loss can be subtle—so subtle that it is common for people to disregard their hearing loss for more than 10 years before seeking treatment.¹
That’s too bad, because when your hearing nerves and the areas of the brain responsible for hearing are deprived of sound, they weaken. And that means that improving hearing through the use of a hearing aid is all that much more difficult. So the longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to hear well again.
Consider these five benefits to treating hearing loss sooner rather than later:
- Relationships: Relationships rely on good communication. Hearing loss can hinder the potential for responsiveness, but using hearing aids is the start to repairing communication.
- Earnings: Hearing is critical to meeting one’s full potential at work. Studies show that risk of income loss can be reduced by using hearing aids.²
- Cognitive skills: Studies show that seniors with hearing loss are more prone to dementia, but by using hearing aids, they likely can improve their cognitive skills.²
- Happiness: Hearing loss can make people feel frustrated and alone. Restoring the ability to engage socially and live confidently boosts quality of life.
- Self-confidence: Using hearing aids to bring back the gift of sound can improve one’s sense of control and self-confidence.
Visit www.lunafamilyhearing.com/ReSoundLinx or call us at 1-855-HEAR-NOW or 425-455-5596 in WA & OR to schedule an appointment to discuss your hearing needs and how we can help you take the step to better hearing.
¹ American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AHSA). Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults—A Growing National Epidemic, Accessed April 2016.
² Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Addressing Hearing Loss Proves Win-Win for Both Employer and Employee. Accessed May 2015.
6 Things to Expect at Your First Hearing Evaluation
Posted on April 19, 2016 by gnresound
Having your hearing checked for the first time? Congratulations! A hearing evaluation is a great first step toward hearing health. But you may wonder what happens at a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Well, typically six things:
1. Medical and Hearing History: After you fill out a few forms, your hearing care professional will ask about your medical and hearing history.
2. Physical Ear Exam: Expect your hearing care professional to look into both ear canals to check their general health. They will also remove earwax if necessary.
3. Comprehensive Hearing Test: Your hearing care professional will use advanced testing equipment to measure your hearing. He or she wants to determine where loss has occurred and to what degree. He or she will also measure your ability to understand speech clearly.
4. Hearing Device Demonstration: You may try on hearing aids to experience today’s advanced technology. Your hearing care professional may demonstrate some basic device functionality. But don’t worry: today’s hearing aids are getting simpler and smarter all the time.
5. Needs and Lifestyle Assessment: Your hearing care professional will ask you (and your companion if you have one) a variety of questions to better understand your lifestyle and what listening situations trouble you most. This step is very helpful in getting a hearing recommendation tailored to your needs.
6. Results Review and Treatment: Your hearing care professional will review results of both your hearing test and needs assessment. If necessary, together you’ll choose a treatment option to improve your hearing.
Simple and straightforward. You’ll wonder why you waited so long to have a comprehensive hearing test! At Luna Family Hearing your test is free! Call to schedule today at 425-455-5596 or 1-855-HEAR-NOW in Oregon and Washington states.
According to the American Diabetes Association, hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. And, of the 86 million adults in the U.S. who have pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30 percent higher than in those with normal blood glucose.
This World Health Day (April 7, 2016) focuses on diabetes, the chronic disease that was the direct cause of death for 1.5 million people in 2012 and is projected to be the 7th leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.
Diabetes is a nasty condition that can, over time, seriously compromise every major organ in the body. Heart attacks, strokes, nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness, impotence and infections that can lead to amputations. It is also a condition that is described as epidemic in its rapid increase.
According to the WHO, “a large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.”
It is recommended for those diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes that you have a annual hearing test to record your baseline hearing and monitor any deterioration in your hearing which may indicate a hearing loss that may require amplification.
Call Luna Family Hearing today at 1-855-HEAR-NOW or 1-855-432-7669 in WA or OR for a FREE HEARING TEST to help you monitor your hearing!
Take care of your body and your hearing!