During National Protect Your Hearing Month in October—and throughout the year—the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) provides many resources to help people maintain their hearing health.
Anyone can develop Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) no matter what age. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 40 million US adults ages 20 to 69 have NIHL, and a quarter of US adults who report having good-to-excellent hearing already have hearing damage in one or both ears.
Dr. Susan Terry states, “As an audiologist, I would much prefer to prevent hearing loss than treat it. Anyone with hearing loss who wears hearing aids will tell you that they help, but are not as good as normal hearing. We would love to help you preserve your hearing. Give us a call at 727-323-2471.”
The NIDCD has a public education campaign designed to increase awareness with parents of preteens about what causes Noise-induced Hearing Loss and how to prevent it. The major focus of the campaign is to help children learn about and practice healthy hearing habits.
There is a great article in Hearing Review which has has more information available and links to various resources:
If you are shouting to be heard over the noise in the environment, there is a good chance that your hearing is at risk, if you are not wearing protective gear. If you are listening to loud music through headphones or earbuds it is also a hazard.
You can protect your hearing by wearing ear protection, such as earplugs, when you are exposed to loud noises. Remember to keep hearing protectors with you, since you might find yourself in a situation where the sound is much louder than you expected. You can turn the volume down when it is possible. If you are in a place where it’s not possible to avoid the loud sounds, try moving further away from them.
The patient’s well being is of the utmost importance. When you can’t hear it affects every aspect of your life, from family interactions, to quality of work, to mental and physical health and more. When you can’t hear, you can’t participate fully. The goal at Broadwater is to help you live your best life.
With over 30 years of servicing the St. Petersburg community Dr. Terry is committed to finding the right solution for your hearing healthcare, combined with the latest in hearing technology and providing the best in personal service.
For more information, please contact Dr. Susan Terry at Broadwater Hearing Care, 727-323-2471 or visit www.broadwaterhearingcare.com.
About Dr. Susan Terry Au.D:
Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, owner of Broadwater Hearing Care, Inc. has been a respected audiologist since 1981. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Audiology from Florida State University and her Doctor of Audiology degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Susan E. Terry, Au.D., is a fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, the American Academy of Audiology and the Florida Academy of Audiology. She is a past officer and board member of the Audiology Foundation of America and has held many offices in both her Rotary Club and Rotary District.
About Broadwater Hearing Care, Inc.:
Broadwater Hearing Care is a full service audiology practice serving St. Petersburg since 1988 and specializes in difficult to treat hearing loss and understands the special needs of their patients. Diagnostic evaluations are performed using the latest technology available.
Unlike the chain and big box stores, Broadwater Hearing Care carries a full line of hearing devices from all the major manufacturers of hearing devices. This allows personalized fittings to your needs and your budget. Broadwater Hearing Care happily helps anyone who has purchased their hearing aids elsewhere.