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Risk of Hearing Loss in Teachers

Monday, October 8, 2018 1:33:07 PM Asia/Calcutta

With loud bells ringing, children shouting and screaming, announcements over loudspeakers or microphones, slamming of doors or lockers - you are exposed to such high decibels of sounds all the time. In other words you are at a very high risk of acquiring occupational noise induced hearing loss (NIHL)! According to a study, classrooms were recorded to be having noise levels of about 87 dB - exposing to which increases the risks of hearing impairment. But sadly, teachers and educators often overlook this problem and hence, refuse opting for a hearing loss treatment.

Hearing loss in teachers occurs at a very young age than other occupational noise induced hearing loss. The continuous exposure to screams from hallways, sports rooms, canteens or lunchrooms, musical instruments from music rooms, etc. - all contribute to hearing loss. Hearing loss in teachers and lecturers often make them unable to concentrate during lectures. This results in a reduction of productivity at teaching or lecturing. Certain hearing loss treatment methods like hearing aids might be effective in managing this problem.

Although teachers are more prone to hearing loss at primary or even secondary schools, yet at higher education institutions, lecturers and professors have to be attentive and be able to listen and understand properly all the time - in order to keep up with the classroom activities.

According to a research study done by the Danish Centre of Educational Environment, teachers who are younger than 40 years report a much higher rate (near about 26%) of hearing problems than that of other professionals (which is about 17%). Other studies have proved that teachers are much at higher risks of having hearing loss due to their exposure to unsafe volumes of sounds - such as at choir or music rooms and gymnasiums (as high as 90 dB). Music teachers and coaches or trainers of various games and sports are especially vulnerable to such high sound levels - thus leading to their early hearing loss problems - and compelling them to seek some hearing loss treatment at an early age!

A common problem among teachers due to their overexposure to risky sound levels is tinnitus - or ringing in the ears. This can cause difficulties in concentrating on the classroom activities and even understanding what the children are saying. Thus teachers and lecturers find themselves often telling others to repeat what they have said! As a result, they might feel stressed faster due to their being attentive and trying to listen all the time. This often makes teachers being misunderstood and often ignored!

It would therefore, be a big mistake on your part to leave your hearing problems untreated, as the problems would go adverse and would bring in more medical complications - such as Dementia associated with forgetfulness, anxiety, depression and the like, as well as social and communication barriers like social isolation, speech difficulties, difficulty in understanding what others are trying to convey, and the like.

Consult a certified Audiologist today at your nearest hearing loss treatment clinic and resume your class activities which you have been missing all these time!

Hearing Loss and Our MP3 Generation

Saturday, August 25, 2018 3:43:06 PM Asia/Calcutta

We know that you just love that moment when you can sit down and relax, with your headphones on, and a loud music put on! Or even that moment when you can throw some random dance steps on the floor, while putting on a banging rock song in the background! We know that without mp3 songs, you cannot imagine your life! But do you know that with each day of listening to loud music, you are losing your good hearing health - with the deterioration of your good hearing ability?!

Hearing Loss and Our MP3 Generation

How is Listening to Music Affecting Hearing Health?

Listening to loud music has always been a favourite pastime for teens, and sadly, this is the beginning of every hearing problems as seen in teenagers and youngsters! Do you know that according to statistics, the exposure to loud noise for prolonged periods of time is the greatest cause of hearing loss among teenagers and young children - and it is ever on the rise?! And the worst part is that this is completely preventable! But technology has been so evolved and the audio players have been improved listening experience so much, that it has become almost indispensable for children and teenagers to keep them aside! These days, kids and teens are losing their hearing at an alarmingly faster pace, and the impacts are really life-changing!

Live concerts as well as personal audio devices are extremely hazardous for your ears, because their volume often exceeds the 85-decibel (dB) level limit which is considered as safe for listening up to 8 hours at a stretch, reaching, in many cases, over 100 dB (which is considered safe only for 15 minutes). Repeated exposure to that hazardous level will gradually damage the tiny hair cells in your inner ear, which are the vital elements for one’s hearing - and this eventually leads to permanent hearing loss.

However, recent research studies indicate that young people disregard all these warnings and willingly endanger their hearing!

 

Incidence and Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Teens

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, about 12.5% of kids of the age group of 6 - 19 have hearing loss - with listening to loud music being the cause, particularly through earbuds at excessively loud and unsafe volumes! More recent studies, however, estimate that about 16% of teenagers, or approximately 6 million children, suffer from permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). This means that hearing loss in such a case is irreversible, and one cannot regain his/her natural hearing health!

 

What is the Solution?

Here are certain tips that might protect your hearing and might help you to prevent hearing loss -

  • Teach your child to respect their hearing - and keep them away from gadgets and audio systems as much as possible. Spend enough time with them - because spending time with family is priceless! Make them realise the value of family and the joy of it!

  • Keep the volume low! Avoid listening to music, especially while using headphones, at a noisy environment - because that would make you make the volume higher to combat the external noises! This is very harmful for your ears! Also make a safe headphone choice and use a good quality one, which will cancel out background noises, and make the music soothing - thus promoting a wonderful listening experience.

  • Set time limits! Make sure that you are not listening to high decibels for overly long hours. Also take occasional listening breaks in between! This will keep noise-induced hearing loss problems at bay!

  • Follow the 80-90 rule. That is, practice keeping your device volume below 80% and limit your listening time to 90 minutes or less.

  • Use the Arm’s Length Rule to test your child’s hearing health. If your child is unable to listen to what you are saying, then he or she is probably listening to music at very high volumes. Check this now!

  • Make your child wear earplugs or earmuffs to protect his or her hearing at a noisy area - this will at least prevent hearing loss!

 

So what are you waiting for? Never let technology ruin your health, and engulf your life and the better half of you!

Comments | Posted in Hearing Loss Problem By Phalguni Bannerjee

Effective Hearing Loss Treatment to Heal Hearing Damage

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:33:10 PM Asia/Calcutta

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has stated that hearing loss is the third most common issue affecting the adults nowadays. Unfortunately, most of the sufferers refuse to treat it because they feel going to an audiologist is embarrassing.

Medical community has come up with several effective solutions. Some of the hearing loss treatment are described in detail in this blog. Are you ready to learn more?

Sensorineural Hear LossTreatment

Permanent hearing damage is mostly caused by sensorineural hearing loss. If you’re one of them, then the time has come when you should seek for a hearing aid.

When the inner cells of your ear get damaged, it results into sensorineural hearing issue. In case, the condition is not improved with the help of a hearing aid, you may need a cochlear implant.

Conductive Hear Loss Treatment

Building up of earwax overtime leads to conductive hear loss. This type of hearing damage is curable and is temporary. A perforated eardrum also sometimes leads to issues in hearing. Experts can help you immensely by finding out the cause and thus will suggest remedy accordingly.

People suffering from this problem can be treated with a medicine or surgery. However, your specialist is the only person to decide which type of treatment should be carried out.

If the condition has not taken a serious turn, antibiotics are prescribed to deal with ear infections. Many ear drops are also available to dissolve the earwax fully.

Role of Hearing Devices

Hearing aids assist the wearer to hear the sounds surrounding him or her. The sounds when they get in the device are then processed. Once the sound is amplified, it starts to release signals into the ear. Consequently, you will get a completely customized hearing experience.

A great majority of centres of hearing loss treatment in Kolkata offer both types of hearing aids namely, analog and digital.

Analogue Hearing Aids

Presently, analogue hearing aids are not much in use. It works by changing the intake sounds into electrical signals. These signals are then amplified by the device so as to feed them properly back into the wearer’s ear.

Many analogue hearing devices are designed in a way that they can distinguish a deafening noise from a tolerable one. Due to this advancement, it has gained the ability to decide which sound needs amplification.

Digital Hearing Aids

Digital hearing aids are manufactured to ensure quality hearing. Its automatic programmers eliminate the need to push a button to adjust the programs. These devices are more effective because it can completely eliminate the feedback of the environment.

Concluding Lines

Don’t expect that your auditory device will restore your hearing ability. Instead, it will improve your communication ability gradually by amplifying the sounds it has absorbed.

The medical advancements taking place almost every day has opened new ways of treating the hear loss if diagnosed early. It’s better not to delay visiting a hearing aid clinic in your locality in case you have issues with hearing.

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