HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS TODAY'S TEENS TIPS TO PREVENT HEARING LOSS

Mon March 26, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY--You see them everywhere you go these days; on the street, on the train, at the mall; even at the gym.  What are they?  They're people wearing headphones and listening to music. What they're also doing is damaging their hearing. 
 
The DuPage County Health Department reminds people that hearing plays an essential role in communication, speech and language development, and learning. Even a small amount of hearing loss can have profound, negative effects on speech, language comprehension, communication, classroom learning and social development.
 
Studies indicate that without proper intervention, children with mild to moderate hearing loss, on average, do not perform as well in school as children with no hearing loss. This gap in academic achievement widens as students go through school.
 
An estimated 12.5 percent of children and adolescents aged 6-19 years (approximately 5.2 million) and 17 percent of adults aged 20-69 years (approximately 26 million) have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise.

Hearing loss can result from damage to structures and/or nerve fibers in the inner ear that respond to sound. This type of hearing loss, termed "noise-induced hearing loss," is usually caused by exposure to excessively loud sounds and cannot be medically or surgically corrected. Noise-induced hearing loss can result from a one-time exposure to a very loud sound, blast, or impulse, or from listening to loud sounds over an extended period.

Hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sound is preventable. The Health Department recommends the following to reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss:

  • Avoid or limit exposure to excessively loud sounds
  • Turn down the volume of music systems
  • Move away from the source of loud sounds when possible
  • Use hearing protection devices when it is not feasible to avoid exposure to loud sounds or reduce them to a safe level

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS TODAY'S TEENS TIPS TO PREVENT HEARING LOSS

 

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