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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

05/02/2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa (May 2, 2013) – In recognition of Better Speech and Hearing month, Barry Deese, Audiologist with Summit ENT and Hearing Services in Chambersburg, shared four important tips to help prevent hearing loss.

Deese said, “The most important thing you can do is to wear ear protection. Once damage is done to your hearing you can’t get it back without the help of hearing aids.”

According to Deese, when we talk, the sound of our voice is usually about 60 decibels.

“When you start operating power tools, you’re talking about sounds peaking at 100 decibels or more,” Deese explained. “That level of sound over several hours could cause hearing damage. If the tool is extremely loud, damage could be done in as little as 15 minutes.”

So what can we do to prevent hearing loss?  Deese provided four important tips:

  • Wear ear protection – earplugs or earmuffs can be word to protect you from loud noise.
  • Limit loud noise exposure – prolonged exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss. Listening to music too loudly for too long can cause serious damage. So please, turn the volume down.
  • Remove earwax safely – over-the-counter earwax removal kits are available at most pharmacies and include directions for safely softening earwax.  It is always a good idea to seek the advice of an ENT doctor if wax buildup is a concern.  Cotton swabs can be easily pushed too far into the ear canal and cause damage.
  • Have your hearing tested – if you are already having trouble hearing or have close relatives who’ve experienced hearing loss, schedule a hearing test with an Audiologist at Summit ENT and Hearing Services today. A professional can help you avoid more hearing loss, or help you by fitting you with the appropriate hearing aids.

According to Deese, anyone can experience hearing lose, but at the age of 50 everyone should start to get their hearing tested at least every three years.

To schedule a hearing test or for more information call (717) 217-6870.

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