Celebrate Lawn & Garden Month by Protecting Your Hearing

April Is National Lawn and Garden Month

Celebrate by Protecting Your Hearing

Spring has sprung, and so has the annual spring cornucopia of sounds: birds singing, children laughing, neighbors chatting — and lawn equipment.

Maintaining your burgeoning plant life is a noisy affair. Once you’ve used the mower, leaf blower, chain saw, and string trimmer, your ears have put up with quite a racket.

With noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) affecting one in four U.S. adults ages 20 to 69, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it might be worth exploring the question, “But how dangerous is all that noise, really?”  

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Hearing happens when the hair cells in your inner ear convert sound signals to electrical signals, and these electrical signals get sent to your brain to be interpreted as sounds. Every hair cell that gets damaged, therefore, means a reduction in your ability to hear. NIHL, then, is hearing damage …

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Diabetes, Hearing Loss & You

Diabetes & Hearing Loss: What’s the Deal?

Are hearing impairment and diabetes connected? More than you might think.

Hearing loss — which affects an estimated one of every five Americans — is twice as common among people living with diabetes, making healthy habits and regular hearing checkups all the more important for overall wellness.

Some 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, a chronic metabolic disease that isn’t yet curable but can be managed. Controlling blood sugar is crucial to managing the condition, which, if uncontrolled, can lead over time to other problems such as cardiovascular disease, kidney damage, and hearing loss.

Much like age-related hearing loss, diabetes-related hearing issues commonly take a toll on higher-frequency hearing. In addition, people with diabetes can have a harder time hearing speech in noisy environments such as restaurants and parties.  

What’s the link between the two conditions?

It’s not yet …

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Even dad jokes will sound better.

“It’s ‘Dad,’ not ‘DAAAD!’”

You might wonder from time to time, “Can he hear me? Or does he pretend he can’t hear me?”

  It might be time to give him the benefit of the doubt: According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, men between the ages of 20 and 69 are twice as likely to have a hearing loss as women are.

If a loved one is struggling with a hearing problem, you know how tough it can be just to get the conversation past “How are you?” But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Hearing technology has come a long way in recent years. Modern hearing aids are small and comfortable, and they can integrate seamlessly with his smartphone. They can easily mean the difference between his straining to hear basics (“Would you like some pie, Dad?”) and his active participation in dinner-table banter. If you …

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Doesn’t Mom deserve the best?

Give Mom the Gift of Better Hearing This Mother’s Day

Moms are a busy bunch.

Those duty-juggling, many-hats-wearing wonders cherish time for themselves. Whether on a walk, behind an easel with a paintbrush, or climbing a rock wall, those moments are even better when they can enjoy every sound. Is your mom — or a mom you know — not savoring the sounds of her life?  

Recognizable Signs

Does she not engage with conversations like she used to? Maybe she’s not as quick to laugh? Perhaps she looks at you more intently when you’re talking? These are common signs of hearing loss. She might not even realize she’s pulling away from her life. And it takes, on average, seven years for someone to seek treatment once they do suspect they have a hearing loss. Maybe she just needs a nudge in the right direction.  

Better Hearing, Better Life

The benefits of seeking hearing care go far beyond …

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Embrace spring, not hearing loss

Unique Sounds of Country Living Can Harm Your Hearing

Now that spring is here and you’re spending more time enjoying the outdoors and other recreational activities, ensure these sources of rural noise pollution don’t damage your hearing health.  

Farm Equipment

It’s no secret that tractors and plows are noisy, but did you know the sounds they produce are loud enough to damage your hearing? Depending on the model, tractors can produce continuous noise between 100 and 110 decibels (dB), which is considered unsafe for hearing health. Chain saws, leaf blowers, and snowblowers produce sounds between 106 and 115 dB, so always wear hearing protection when operating these types of equipment.  

Livestock

A rooster can crow at around the same decibel level as a barking dog: between 85 and 95 dB. While that may not seem dangerously loud, prolonged exposure can damage hearing, often without you noticing until it is too late. Additionally, horses and pigs can also …

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