What’s happening in hearing health? Today let’s look at current news articles that remind us of the importance of protecting our hearing health and seeking help to treat hearing loss.

Safety for our Ears

Safety industry publication, EHS Today, reminds us that there are also safety risks to our ears. Over 22 million people are exposed to high levels of noise at work. Many industries have programs in place to help employees protect their ears. Here are some interesting tidbits from the article:

  • Work-place related hearing loss is the most common reported injury (Centers for Disease Control)
  • Hearing loss drives $242 million dollars in worker’s compensation payments
  • Hearing loss is the most commonly recorded injury for workers in manufacturing

If you are exposed to regular loud noises at work, be sure to always have your ear protection on and talk with management or human resources about programs in place to help you maintain good hearing health.

Hearing Health and Staying Social

It still surprises many patients and families when we explain that one common risk of hearing loss is a decline in social life. Our hearing plays a big role in keeping us active with family and friends. This touching article from Savannah Magazine looks at the social improvements big and small that people gain when they seek help from hearing loss. From hearing the television again and better conversations with your spouse to hearing a grandchild speak those first words, what would motivate you to seek help to improve your hearing?

May is Better Hearing Month

Each May is a time to reflect on our hearing health and take action to improve it. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association reports that according to a survey by the National Council on Aging adults who use hearing aids saw significant improvements in their relationships, mental health, safety and social life. If you have never had a hearing test or it has been quite some time since your last exam, this month contact our hearing health professionals to schedule an appointment.