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International Ear Care Day: Make Listening Safe

Today is International Ear Care Day, which aims to increase awareness and promote ear and hearing care around the world. The World Health Organization is launching a new campaign, “Make Listening Safe”, with the goal of preventing noise induced hearing loss in young people and promoting safe listening habits. Noise induced hearing loss in the only preventable cause of hearing loss. Here are some tips from the WHO campaign to keep listening safe: Keep volume levels down (on personal audio devices, wear ear plugs in noisy venues) Limit time spent in noisy activities (take short listening breaks, move away from loud sounds, limit the use of personal audio devices to less than one hour per day) Know the warning signs of hearing loss (ringing in the ears, difficulties hearing high pitched sounds, or difficulty hearing on the phone or in background noise) Monitor safe listening levels through use of smart…

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Mar 3, 2015 by
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The Cost of Untreated Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent and fastest growing chronic conditions facing Canadians today.  According to Statistics Canada, more than one million adults across the country reported having a hearing-related disability, a number more than 50% greater than the number of people reporting problems with their eyesight (StatsCan, 2002). However, of the 1 in 10 Canadians with a hearing loss, only 1 in 5 who could benefit from a hearing aid uses one. Many people decide not to treat their hearing loss, citing the cost of hearing aids. Research has shown that the cost of untreated hearing loss is greater than the cost of hearing aids. Untreated hearing loss can have serious social, health and economic consequences for individuals and society. Untreated hearing loss can result in: Withdrawal from social situations Embarrassment Damage to personal relationships Irritability Stress Loneliness Social isolation Impaired memory Depression Reduced overall psychological health…

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Feb 25, 2015 by
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