Ototoxicants are chemicals that have been identified by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) as causing hearing loss and balance issues when inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested. They are found in some pesticides, solvents, medications, and other chemicals found workplaces. And, according to OSHA, their negative effect on a person’s hearing increases when workers are also exposed to elevated noise levels.
Hearing loss in the workplace is a serious consequence of workers being exposed to damaging noise levels. Consider these statistics:
- An air compressor, from 3 feet away, registers 92 decibels, which would cause hearing loss in less than 2 hours.
- A power drill registers 98 decibels, which would cause hearing damage in about a half hour.
- Power saws can reach an excruciating 110 decibels. To a worker within 3 feet of this noise, permanent hearing loss can occur in under 2 minutes.
- Working on the floor of a factory, workers are exposed to upwards of 100 decibels of noise. Hearing loss can set in after only 15 minutes in this environment.
The American Academy of Audiology states that its mission is to “promote quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research.” Their Standards of Practice for Audiology were developed to serve this mission. As a refresher, here is a quick summary of those standards.
Time is money.
Those three words sum up why hearing health professionals should utilize hearing aid verification equipment in their practices. By doing so, you will reduce the number of follow-up visits from each patient, increasing cost savings as a result.
When it comes to hearing aid accessories, there are a few “must-have” products, including a supply of batteries, brushes to clean out domes and earpieces, and a small, flexible wire that removes earwax blockage from tubing. Then there are the “nice-to-have” accessories that are readily available for purchase. These products may not be necessary to a hearing aid wearer, but they can make their lives much easier.
How many of us get the gratification of helping someone better treat an ailment we struggle with? For Ryan Mills, Au.D. of e3 Gordon Stowe Dayton, it’s almost an everyday occurrence. For the past three years, Ryan has lived with Meniere’s disease, an inner-ear disorder that causes pressure in the ear, severe dizziness and vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus.
Audiologists know the impact that loss of hearing has on their patients’ lives. Unfortunately, the first interaction with most of them comes after they have already developed some degree of hearing loss. The sad reality is many people put off getting their hearing checked until it is too late. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), it takes seven years, on average, for a person to seek treatment for suspected hearing loss. These may be the same people that are unaware of the detrimental effects loss of hearing can have on their social lives and cognitive health.
You can sit down and take your blood pressure reading at any number of retail outlets. You can order a kit to be sent to your home to test for blood-sugar levels, colon cancer, HIV, and more. We are in the age of “do-it-yourself” when it comes to screening for health issues. Now, online hearing tests are part of this DIY phenomenon.
e3 Diagnostics represents over 160 products from leading manufacturers of audiology equipment. That allows us to suggest the right hearing and balance screening equipment that will help you, as a hearing healthcare professional, better treat your patients.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together a short list of the audiological instruments we love this year. Here is a summary of products that can help meet your unique hearing care needs in 2019.