Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Celebrates National Protect Your Hearing Month

Kevin Brown, MD, PhD, Chief Of Neurotology, makes us aware of when noises can be dangerous and how to avoid permanent hearing damage.

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Celebrates National Protect Your Hearing Month click to enlarge Kevin Brown, MD, PhD - Neurotology Division Chief

36 million adults in the US have hearing loss. This statistic is even more striking, as half of those people are younger than 65. The most preventable cause of hearing loss is noise exposure. Prolonged exposure to noise can cause progressive loss of hearing due to injury to the delicate hair cells of the inner ear.

Noise may be dangerous to your hearing if:

  1. You have to shout over noise to be heard
  2. Noise is painful to your ears
  3. Noise exposure makes your ears ring
  4. Your hearing is decreased after exposure

Ears should be protected if there is prolonged exposure to sound over 85dB (just below level of hairdryer) with headphones, earplugs, etc. Turning down volume, especially on personal listening devices is critical to avoid long-term injury to hearing.

If you or someone you know is experiencing issues with their ears or hearing, please call 984-974-6484. 

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