National Protect Your Hearing Month, also known as National Audiology Awareness Month, has been observed during the month of October since 2008 to educate folks on how to protect themselves from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
The statistics on NIHL are shocking.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 37.5 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss is the third most common health condition faced by older adults after heart disease and diabetes, yet unlike those conditions, only 20 percent of those with hearing loss actually seek treatment. Unfortunately, the average amount of time a person with hearing loss waits to seek treatment after noticing a problem is between seven and 10 years. In that time, hearing can not only worsen significantly but can contribute to a variety of health issues, safety concerns and psychological problems.
Anyone, of any age, can be affected by NIHL and while symptoms of NIHL may not be initially obvious, they can build over time. In fact, recent studies show that about 13 to 18 percent of children and teens, ages 12 to 19, have signs of possible NIHL.
To help prevent NIHL, here are three simple lifestyle change tips that can have a big impact on the way you hear for the rest of your life:
By following these simple tips, you can protect your hearing for years to come!