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Hearing Loss Prevention Information Everyone Can Use

1. We all know that a person’s hearing gets worse with age. So, isn’t it a little futile to try and prevent this from happening? It’s certainly true that some hearing losses are unavoidable, but there’s a reasonable chance that a part of what we call presbyacusis is the long-term accumulation of mitochondrial injuries and reductions in the efficiency of mechanisms that protect us from damaging exposures. As you know, age-related hearing impairments can often be distinguished from those from environmental and other causes by the shape of the audiogram. Age effects tend to affect the highest frequencies first and progress into lower frequencies. In contrast, noise effects begin with a notched configuration. Hearing losses due to excess noise show up in the first few years of continuing exposure and approach the maximum effect after about 10 years. People who start being exposed to noise in their 20s will start showing substantial notched configurations in their 20s and 30s, and these notches evolve into a bulge over time as age effects erode hearing sensitivity at the highest test frequencies. In many cases, this type of hearing loss can (and should) be prevented.

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2. Hey, be careful. Working with the hearing impaired is my livelihood! I know you’re only joking, but I’ll give you a serious response. Only 15% of hearing-impaired adults between age 20 and 69 have ever tried a hearing aid, and this rate rises only to 25% for those over age 70. There are plenty of people who need our help. If fact, I suspect that your business might even increase if you do some prevention work. If you build good relationships with people in the prime age range for prevention (20 to 40 years), where do you think those people will send their friends, family, and themselves if they have problems? Read the remainder of this interesting and informative article written by Greg Flamme from Page Ten of The Hearing Journal at http://www.audiologyonline.com/theHearingJournal/pdfs/HJ2009 _06_p10-13.pdf.

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Hearing Loss Prevention Information Everyone Can Use