October celebrates many worthy causes and organizations.  Our brothers and sisters in Audiology are recognized in October as it is National Audiology Awareness month!

Hearing is something taken for granted too often.  While it is a true fact that hearing acuity decreases with age, taking steps to preserve hearing is important at all ages.  The National Department of Human Services “It’s a Noisy Planet Protect Their Hearing” Campaign shares important information and reminders for parents of child of all ages.

Sound that is 85 decibels or higher may cause hearing loss.  The volume and length of time spent listening to sound at an elevated level as well as the proximity to the source,  the more damage can occur to your hearing. Our environment is filled with sounds that are well over 85 decibels (dB), some you probably have never considered.  

  • Normal conversation: 60 dB
  • Dishwasher: 75 dB
  • School cafeteria: 85 dB
  • Gas lawn mower: 90 dB
  • Snowmobile: 100  dB
  • Music player at maximum volume: 105 dB
  • Music concert: 110 dB
  • Ambulance siren: 120 dB
  • Jet engine taking off: 140 dB
  • Firecracker: 140–165 dB

We all need to be mindful of what and how long we are exposing our children and ourselves to damaging sounds.  Damage can build up over time. Simple ways to decrease the risk of hearing loss are move away from the sound source, wear hearing protectors (earmuffs, earplugs, etc) and turn the volume down, especially when wearing headphones/earbuds.

Take time this month to pay attention and make positive changes to preserve your hearing that of those you love.  More information can be found at the “It’s a Noisy Planet” website.

Yours in Speech,

Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC.

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