Face masks have become the new normal. While many don’t mind wearing masks, many others find it inconvenient. For people with hearing loss, however, masks can create a significant barrier to effective communication.
We recently posted an article on our recap of hearing care in 2020. It’s been a long, strange year, but there were some noteworthy stories to come out of the world of audiology. Hopefully 2021 will be less chaotic and filled with much more positivity. Before we ring in the New Year, we wanted to share some predictions with you. Here is what we think will happen in the world of audiology in 2021.
2020 was quite the year... However, despite all the chaos, there was some good news to come out of the world of audiology. From new technologies to groundbreaking research, here are some of the best stories from the field of hearing care that happened in 2020.
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Life is noisy. Whether you’re just walking down the street or working on your house, you can be exposed to hazardous noise levels at any time of the day. According to the Center for Disease Control, noise above 85 dB over a prolonged period of time may start to damage your hearing and loud noise above 120 dB can cause immediate harm to your ears.
Which hearing protection products are the “best?” It’s a subjective question, and to determine the correct answer is a near-impossible task. We recently did the research, scouring through website after website to get a consensus opinion of which products are most preferred by people who frequently need their hearing protected. In the end, our efforts uncovered one thing: opinions are varied.
Over the last several decades, the entertainment industry has produced numerous films and television shows that focus on characters who have some degree of hearing loss. One of the most memorable examples is The Miracle Worker (1962), the true story of Annie Sullivan teaching Helen Keller to understand words through signs and motions made with her fingers in Keller’s hands. It’s a powerful, well-written film that’s elevated by strong, Oscar-winning performances from Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.
There are no secret remedies that a person can rub into their ears to miraculously treat their hearing loss, nor is there is a “Get Your Hearing Back in 3 Weeks Diet.” No shortcuts like that exist. However, studies have shown that your diet can affect your hearing health.
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.
There are many causes of hearing loss. There is also a correlation between the age of a person and hearing loss. The older the person, the better chance they are hearing impaired.
Physical therapists are often called upon to work with the older patients whom are experiencing pain, weakness, trouble balancing, and more. Because of their age, many of these patients may also suffer from some degree of hearing loss, which is why an understanding of the condition can be valuable for those in the field.