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Around the country and right here in Las Vegas, many families are enjoying Labor Day weekend having BBQ’s, taking road trips, or even just relaxing at home enjoying their time off of work. For some, these fun times are hindered because of hearing loss, a condition that affects 26 million nationwide.
According to a recent study by the World Health Organization, hearing loss affects not just older Americans, but also many young adults as well. The number of those affected has increased due to an aging population and the frequent use of earbuds and headphones by young adults. Hearing loss has many consequences for Americans not only personally but also professionally and if left untreated reduce earnings by as much as $30,000 a year.
Tips to Improve Communications at the Work Place and at Play:
- Before a meeting, request an agenda that will make it easier to follow the discussion. Ask for a meeting recap or partner with co-workers to share notes.
- Select a place at the table that enables you to see coworkers’ faces and watch lips to help enhance speech understanding.
- Rather than nodding along to a conversation you can’t follow, politely stop the discussion and ask the speaker to rephrase what was said.
- If recommended, consider wearing hearing aids, which help people hear soft sounds and keep loud noises at a comfortable level.
Helpful Tips To Help Prevent Hearing Loss:
- For people consistently exposed to noise, especially while on the job, consider options such as ear muffs or custom earplugs that offer significant protection.
- When attending sports events or music concerts, use ear protection such as inexpensive ear plugs that are available at pharmacies and other retail stores.
- Limit exposure to loud sounds – including music, lawn mowers and motorcycles – to no more than 20 minutes at a time.
- Follow the 60/60 rule: use earbuds for no more than 60 minutes at a time and at 60 percent of the device’s maximum volume.
If you or a loved one is experienced hearing loss, now is the time to seek treatment. Preserving hearing health, or obtaining treatment if necessary, is crucial for Americans both in and out of the workforce. Early signs include turning up the TV or radio to levels others consider too loud, having trouble hearing in noisy environments or difficulty hearing on the phone.
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