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Protecting Your Hearing on Game Day

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

Heading to a big game? It’s a thrilling experience filled with excitement. However, amidst the thrill, the excessive noise levels can pose a challenge to your ears. This guide is designed to equip you with essential tips to safeguard your hearing while immersed in the exhilarating buzz of game day. Understanding the Risks  Games are notorious for their loudness! The …

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Protecting Your Hearing: Occupations at Heightened Risk of Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss is a growing concern that affects millions of individuals worldwide. One significant contributing factor to this issue is occupational exposure to high levels of noise. In this article, we will explore the occupations that pose a heightened risk of hearing loss, discuss the importance of early detection, and delve into the latest advancements in hearing loss prevention, diagnosis, …

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Be Intentional to Create Healthy Hearing Habits

In Hearing Health, Noise, Tips & Tricks by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Very, very rarely hearing loss is the spontaneous outcome of a tragic accident. But the vast majority of those who live with hearing loss do so thanks to prolonged exposure to dangerously loud volumes without taking appropriate precautions.  This could happen thanks to how you make your living. Some industries like mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and nightlife are notoriously risky. Or …

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Limit Your Exposure to Noise Each Day

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

Nothing Beats Prevention  Hearing loss impacts many more people than most people assume. It is an invisible disability, meaning you cannot see that someone suffers from hearing loss simply by looking at them. And it is, in fact, rare that someone is born with congenital hearing loss. This happens in less than three out of every 1,000 births in the …

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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 …