Although hearing problems are commonly associated with aging, more than 5 million young people in the United States between the ages of 6 and 19 report noise-induced hearing loss and more than half of all hearing-impaired persons are under the age of 65.
America’s kids need to dial the volume down on their iPods and radios and cell phones – just touch the dial and “Turn It (or slide it) to the Left” – in order to prevent unnecessary hearing loss.
Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable!
Hearing is critical to children’s safety and to the development of speech, listening, learning, and social skills.
To prevent hearing loss, kids need to:
- Turn it down
- Walk away from the noise
- Use hearing protection, or ear plugs
Whether younger or older, many with noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) may not even be aware of the loss, but it can be detected with a diagnostic hearing evaluation. For persons with NIHL, speech may sound distorted or muffled, and it may be difficult for them to understand what is said.
The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist.
For more information, contact us at 931-393-2051.