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News about developments in hearing healthcare are posted.

Can Sleep Machines Harm Babies' Ears?

Roberta Singer

For those of you with newborn children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren, ensure the noise-making sleep machine you are using to keep the baby lulled asleep is not damaging the baby's hearing. Keep the level to 50dB or below. Use one of the many noise measuring apps on your smart phone to check the sound level at the crib. Placing the sleep machine on the side of the nursery away from the crib is always best!

Observations of Hearing Loss in Men

Roberta Singer

"Hear ye, hear ye!"

Some numbers on men and hearing loss:
-Men (20-69 years) are nearly twice as likely to have hearing loss as women.
-More than half of men who say they have difficulty hearing think their hearing loss was caused or contributed to by noise on the job or loud recreational activities—like hunting, firecrackers, blaring music, or using earbuds or headphones.
-About half of the men surveyed with untreated hearing loss say they’ve felt down, depressed, or hopeless for several days or more in the last two weeks. Those who used hearing aids were less likely to say they felt that way.
-About half of the men surveyed with untreated hearing loss say they’ve been bothered by little interest or pleasure in doing things for several days or more in the last two weeks. Again, those who used hearing aids were less likely to say they felt that way.

See the link as follows: 

http://www.betterhearing.org/news/calling-all-men-let%E2%80%99s-talk-hearing-health

See the link below:

Calling All Men: Let’s Talk Hearing Health

BETTERHEARING.ORG

2 Free Ways To "Aid" Hearing

Roberta Singer

 

Firstly, remember to use your vision during conversation: 
 1. There are important cues received from looking at facial expression, lip movement and gestures.
2. Wear your glasses or contacts.
3. Turn on the lights and open the shades.
4. Face one another.
5. Pick a good seat in group listening situations.
6. Try to view the speaker face on, not at an angle.

Secondly, reduce background noise when possible:
1. Turn off noise sources (especially the television!)
2. Go to quiet restaurants.
3. Request a quiet table at the restaurant.
4. Walk away from the washing machine, dryer, dishwasher that is in use.
5. Turn off the car radio and close the car windows.

These are free and easy to do. Spread the word!
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