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Keeping Track of Your Daily Exposure to Noise

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Noise by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Two causes are responsible for the vast majority of cases of hearing loss. The first is the natural process of aging. The condition of age-related hearing loss, otherwise known as presbycusis, is an inevitable result of growing older. Until we find an elixir of life, there is nothing to be done about this cause of hearing loss, other than getting …

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Frequent Noises that Could Cause Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Noise by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

When we think about noise-induced hearing loss, many of us imagine an explosion or a very loud factory. Indeed, these situations can produce sound so loud that hearing loss occurs in an instant. If the decibel level of sound reaches these heights, then it can be sufficient to damage hearing without much time going by, but relatively quieter sounds also …

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Loud Movies & Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Informative, Noise by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Have you ever left a movie theater on a quiet night and noticed your ears ringing? That sound usually goes away by the morning for most people, but that doesn’t mean that hearing damage hasn’t taken place. Despite regulatory efforts, movie theaters have quite a wide range of maximum volume levels, as do the master audio tracks of blockbuster movies. …

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Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood 

In Noise by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

We are constantly absorbing and processing different sounds throughout the day. From waking up with the help of an alarm, commuting to work, listening to music, and using household appliances; noise is part of daily life. While most noise that we experience is normal, it is important to be mindful of noise that can be hazardous to hearing health. Exposure …