Hearing loss can creep up on us as we age. Whether due to willful indifference or a lack of access to healthcare, millions of Americans who could benefit from the use of hearings do not seek help from the life-changing devices. When individuals forgo the help of a hearing aid, the consequences can impact their personal, professional, and family life.
At Ress Hearing in Boca Raton, FL, we use the latest diagnostic equipment along with our fully licensed audiologist to provide comprehensive hearing tests and evaluations for our patients. Even if you believe your hearing is fine, consider the risk factors listed below.
You may be one of many adults in this country who could benefit from a hearing aid. A significant portion of the U.S. population waits for several years or longer from the time they know they have hearing loss until they purchase their first hearing aids, according to the Better Hearing Institute.
Common Risk Factors for Hearing Loss
- Age: Age is considered the strongest risk factor for hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). The greatest amount of hearing loss is found among the 60 to 69 age group.
- Gender: Men are twice as likely to experience hearing loss as women, according to the NIDCD.
- Certain medical conditions: Hearing loss is known to be higher among individuals with diabetes or hypertension.
- Loud environments: Do you work near loud equipment? Do you enjoy cranking up the radio on your weekend joyrides? Even seemingly moderate levels of noise can damage your hearing over the course of years. Noise-induced hearing loss can result from short bursts of high-intensity noise or from prolonged exposure to less intense sound. 2012 data from the CDC found that as many as 40 million adults have experienced noise-induced hearing loss at some point.
- Earbud use: The proximity of earbuds to your eardrums can magnify the damaging effects of listening to music. When using headphones, be extra cautious about what volume level you are listening at.
If you are a male nearing 60, you may benefit from a hearing test, based on statistical risk factors. Similarly, if you work in a noisy environment where earplugs are used, you are at a higher risk of ear damage. Being aware of which risk factors you are exposed to can help you make the preventative decision to have your hearing tested regularly. Even if you are able to hold conversations, you may still be experiencing the early stages of hearing loss.
A Look at Decibel Levels
The following examples were provided by the NIDCD
- Refrigerator humming (45 decibels)
- Conversation (60 decibels)
- Heavy traffic noise (85 decibels)
- Motorcycle exhaust/engine noise (95 decibels)
- MP3 at max volume (105 decibels)
- Sirens (120 decibels)
- Firecrackers and firearms (150 decibels)
Audiology Services We Offer
We offer the following services:
- Comprehensive hearing tests
- Screenings for children and adults
- Custom hearing aid fittings
- Counseling on the use of hearing aids
- Minor on-site repairs (usually within 48 hours)
- Custom hearing products (earplugs, swim molds, hearing protection)
Contact Ress Hearing Today
If any of the listed risk factors apply to you, it may be time to have your hearing tested. Once we have examined your hearing, you may be prescribed a hearing aid or you may be told that you have healthy hearing levels. The peace of mind a hearing test affords will be well worth the visit.
To schedule your consultation at Ress Hearing, contact our Boca Raton, FL office online or call (561) 353-7377.