October is National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month, making it a great time to have your hearing checked, look into hearing protection and hearing aids, and educate yourself about hearing loss symptoms and causes.
The American Academy of Audiology provides a wealth of resources for parents, educators and audiologists, creating a reserve of knowledge to help raise awareness of audiology and encouraging Americans to ask for hearing screenings and invest in hearing protection.
What is an audiologist?
Audiologists are specially trained medical professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage hearing loss in adults and children. An audiologist can run tests to check hearing, examine the outer and inner ear, diagnose hearing loss types, and help plan a course of action to mitigate the effects of hearing loss.
Do you know how to protect your hearing?
Protecting yourself against hearing loss can be as simple as remembering to wear ear protection when working with power tools or attending a rock concert. Putting distance between yourself and noise sources, carrying earplugs with you at all times, and turning down volumes when you can are all good ways to help protect your hearing.
Do you think you have hearing loss?
According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, 48 million Americans have some level of hearing loss. Signs of hearing loss are often slow to manifest, with hearing becoming difficult in noisy areas or when listening to someone speaking on a recording or over the phone. On average, it takes seven years of gradual hearing loss before an individual consults an audiologist.
Having the right hearing aids can help you have an active social and professional life without constantly struggling to hear those around you. Getting regular hearing tests can help you get a fast diagnosis and address your hearing loss as soon as possible!
Hearing loss can happen to anyone and shouldn’t be ignored. Don’t let these misconceptions keep you from getting the help you need!