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How Loud Is Too Loud?
Government research shows that noise induced hearing damage is related to the duration and volume of exposure. The safe limit is 85 Decibels for eight hours a day. Here are some common decibel levels to compare:
Faint to Moderate sounds
- 20 decibels – watch ticking
- 15-25 decibels – whispering
- 40 decibels – refrigerator
- 50 decibels – moderate rainfall
- 60 decibels – dishwasher
- 80 decibels – noisy restaurant
- 85 decibels – city traffic
Very loud sounds
- 90 decibels – lawn mower
- 100 decibels – chainsaw
- 110 decibels – car horn
- 115 decibels – baby crying
- 120 decibels – rock concert
- 130 decibels – jet engine 100 feet away
- 140 decibels – shotgun blast
Types Of Hearing Loss
Did you know there are several types of Hearing Loss?
While all hearing loss can lead to medical and social difficulties, it’s always best to know what type of hearing loss you may be suffering from. Our experts will be there every step of the way to assist you.
Conductive – affect the outer and middle ears
Sensorineural – affects the inner ear and auditory serve
Mixed – combination or conductive and Sensorineural Loss
Central – affects the central auditory nervous systems
The Impacts Of Hearing Loss
Being able to hear is important. Healthy hearing gives us the freedom to communicate, socialize with friends and to be more alert of our surroundings.
Healthy hearing gives us peace of mind. So when your hearing begins to decline, and for most of us it will, it can take away from your quality of life. Your quality of life depends on healthy hearing!
Hearing gives you the ability to communicate, socialize and work effectively. If your hearing begins to decline, we will be there to help!
Do I Have Hearing Loss?
There are many signs that you may be suffering from hearing loss. Ask yourself these questions:
Do people around you seem to mumble?
Do you miss or misunderstand words in a sentence?
Do others feel you play the TV or Radio too loud?
Do you often nod in agreement even when you are unsure what is being said?
Do you find you have an increased difficulty hearing when it is noisy?
Do you have difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments?
Does background noise bother you?
Do you avoid social situations because it is too difficult to hear?
Your happiness and hearing loss are connected!
For People Who Are Starting To Struggle But Are Not Ready For Hearing Aids Quite Yet.
Below are some tips and strategies you can implement to help yourself or others during times of hearing loss prior to being ready for Hearing Aids.
Prevent hearing loss by protecting your hearing. Use noise and water protection for work and recreational activities.
Identify hearing and potential health issues with an annual hearing test. Changes in hearing function can often predict other health complications. When changes are observed, action can be taken to prevent further problems and hearing loss.
Rehabilitate your hearing issue. Whether wax issues, ear infection, ringing in the ear, hearing loss, or brain training strategies, Bauer Hearing can help. When the issue is identified, remedies may be applied. Accepting your hearing loss and taking steps to achieve maximum hearing is the key to success.
Employ these listening strategies to maximize your listening experience:
Controlling the Environment can provide a significant advantage for speech understanding.
Good Lighting will illuminate the speakers’ facial features and allow for speech cues.
Distance always matters! Speaking more than 6-meter apart will start to impact the volume and clarity of speech.
Rephrasing, instead of repeating, can make a big difference. At times, those with hearing impairments cannot make out certain sounds or may be unfamiliar with a word. Changing the structure of the sentence or the wording can help give a different perspective to the sentence.
Environmental Noise can be distracting and makes listening a challenge. Controlling background noise by moving away from road noise, turning down the television or radio, or relocating to a quieter area will make conversations more relaxed and less stressful. Exposure to background noise is disturbing, making it more difficult to focus on speech and fill in any blanks in the dialogue.
Hearing Counselling can be helpful during all stages of hearing loss. Dealing with the emotional and physical challenges of hearing loss can be stressful, can cause isolation, can affect self image, self esteem, and cause health deterioration.