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Don’t let hearing loss negatively impact your quality of life
Posted by Audibel Hearing Aid Centers on October 20, 2021
Here’s an interesting fact: hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in the U.S.1
It’s twice as common as even diabetes or cancer.
Here’s another one: hearing loss is America’s most common work-related injury2.
OK, one more: 40 million U.S. adults between 20 and 69 have noise-induced hearing loss1.
Are you one of them?
Louder than a library
We don’t need to tell you that the Toyota plant you work in is loud. Along with construction sites, airports, garages and music venues, it’s probably one of the loudest work environments there is. And while you no doubt have good hearing protection protocols in place, the odds are still high that your hearing has been compromised.
All it takes to damage your hearing is exposure to sounds above 85 decibels (dBs). A lawnmower or leaf blower is about 85 dB. A motorcycle is 95 dB. Live music typically exceeds 110 dB. An aircraft carrier deck hits 140 dB. It’s a good bet your plant lands somewhere between a concert hall and a jet runway — at least in certain areas.
While noise-induced hearing loss can happen suddenly — say if you’re exposed to a loud impulse sound like a gunshot or explosion — it usually occurs gradually, caused over time by listening to music too loud, using the occasional power tool, attending loud sporting events or, like you, working in a noisy environment day in and day out.
And because it’s so gradual, we often times don’t realize we have hearing loss right away. Instead, we make do by asking others to repeat what they said, turning our TV up louder and louder or, worse,
avoiding situations where hearing is hard.
Treat hearing loss sooner rather than later
But here’s the deal — ignoring hearing loss now can cause even bigger issues later. Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to decreased cognitive function3 , higher incidences of hospitalizations4 , falls5 and depression6 , and increased risk of social isolation6 and dementia7 .
And those studies don’t take into account how ignoring hearing loss can diminish social interactions, television and movie watching, enjoyment of music and nature, and increase our feelings of missing out. Or how leaving hearing loss untreated can put our personal safety at risk or make our jobs harder.
It’s why experts from institutions like Johns Hopkins recommend treating hearing loss sooner rather than later.
Hearing help is available
We have one last interesting fact for you: did you know that noise-induced hearing loss is treatable? It’s also the only kind of hearing loss that is preventable.
If you’ve got hearing loss from your job — or think you might — let the experienced professionals at Audibel help. For years, we’ve helped our Central Kentucky neighbors stay connected, feel included and continue enjoying their favorite sounds, events and activities.
By delivering the area’s best hearing healthcare and most advanced hearing technology available, we’ll make sure you always hear your best and never miss a thing.
For a limited time, we’re offering workers at Toyota Motor Manufacturing FREE hearing tests. Make an appointment today to test your hearing for free, consult with one of our hearing healthcare
professionals, and get the latest hearing protection tips.
To take advantage of this FREE offer, call (859) 278-9568 today.
3. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_accelerates_brain_function_declin e_in_older_adults
4. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_in_older_adults_tied_to_more_ho spitalizations_and_poorer_physical_and_mental_health