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National Audiology Awareness Month and Protect Your Hearing Month

In honor of National Audiology Awareness Month and Protect Your Hearing Month, Chicago Hearing Society has assembled FAQs about hearing loss prevention.

What is an Audiologist? Audiologists are health-care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children.

Who experiences hearing loss? Over 36 million Americans have hearing loss – more than half are UNDER the age of 65.

Is noise-induced hearing loss easy to notice? Because noise-induced hearing loss usually happens gradually, most people do not realize it is happening.

Is noise-induced hearing loss preventable? Approximately 12% of all children ages 6 – 19 have noise induced hearing loss which is permanent and almost always preventable. Be aware of hazardous noise in your life and take appropriate steps such as turning the volume down on MP3 players, walking away from noise, wearing ear protection at concerts and scheduling a hearing evaluation by an audiologist if you suspect hearing loss has already begun.

How loud is too loud? Sounds above 85 decibels will damage hearing; the louder the noise, the faster the damage occurs. Protect your hearing by knowing which noises are loud enough to cause harm. These include ambulance sirens, lawn mowers, motorcycles, chainsaws, powerboats and personal listening devices such as MP3 players and cell phones.

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