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........ aAL,_I, JI,L l].  4 ......... 21L.,._:_.2 ]1 ...... _ Jl .... ll_ HI' , i ltl '11'g .lll! 1 [lll " HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 4, 2012 Surprising facts you shoz0000'00 know about hearing loss (ARA)--When it comes to our health, many Americans have two realities: what we know and what we think we knm4. When what we think we know is less than accu= rate. it can be as harmful to our health as the things we don't know at all. Perceptions about hearing loss are a good example of this phenomenon. You may think you ah'eady know a lot about hearing loss and treatment, but some of the facts surrounding this prevalent problem for instance that. according to the Better Hearing In- stitute (BHI), 11 percent of Americans report having hearing difficulties could suzprise you. Here are some realities that may make you -reconsider what you think you know about your hear- ing, what puts it at risk and what you can do if you suffer a hearing loss: Surprising fact No.1 Not everyone who has hearing loss is old. In fact. most people with hearing problems (65 percent) are younger than 65. BHI reports. And. more children and teenagers are experiencing hearing loss. Nearly one in five American teens now has some level of hearing loss. according to a 2010 study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. - While you may think the volume dial on Johnny's iPod is directly related to his hear- ing problems, there's more to the story, researchers say. Which leads to the next fact. Surprising fact No. 2 Threats to our hearing lurk in places-you might not expect. Protecting your ears while engaging in activities you know are loud such as attending a rock concert or a visiting a. shooting range-- is only the start, Gradual hearing damage can begin to occur with prolonged exposure to sounds of just 85 decibels-roughly the vol- ume generated by a kitchen blender. So while that MP3 player may be a contributing factor to achild's hearing loss. it's not the only one. In fact, very loud toys--those that emit 90 decibels or more can be a risk factor, too, according to the American Speech- Language-Hearing Associa- tion. Hearing experts take the toy risk so seriously, that every November the Sight' -and Hearing Association publishes a list of the noisi- est toys. Surprising fact No. 3 Loud noise isn't the only thing that can damage hear- ing. In reality, many outside factors from some medica- tions to a blow to the head-- can cause hearing loss. Pressure differences between the inside and outside of the eardrum can be harmful, putting SCUBA divers and frequent flyers at risk. Diseases like sickle cell anemia, kidney disease, toxo- plasmosis and even herpes have been linked to hearing loss. Chemotherapy drugs, loop diuretics and some an- tibiotics also can affect your hearing. Even large quanti- ties of aspirin (salicylates) may cause hearing loss. Surprising fact No. 4- Hearing loss not only affects your ability to hear and your quality ofqife, it may even hurt your earning paten- tial. The BHI reports that untreated hearing loss may decrease your income by up to $30.000 a year. The good news is that treating hear- ing loss with hearing aids can reduce the risk to your income by 90 to 100 pe'cent if your hearing loss is mild, and from 65 to 77 percent if it's moderate to severe, Which leads to fact five. Surprising fact No. 5 Hearing aids change lives. Technology has made mod- ern hearing aids more effec- tive. versatile, convenient and discreet than ever before. Advances like completely-in- canal styles make it virtually impossible for observers to know if someone is wearing a hearing aid. Wireless hearing aids, such as those marketed by Starkey Hearing Technologies. can even steam sound directly from your TV. MP3 player or radio to your hearing aids, all without a relay device. The aids automatically transition from one device to another when you move from room to room. And the Starkey Hearing Technologies wire- less hearing aids come in " three custom styles including . completely-in-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC) and in- the-ear (ITE). Surprising fact No. 6--De- spite the prevalence of hear- ing toss, less than 15 percent of American adults who get a physical exam this year will also have their hearing screened by their physician or nurse duriBg that exam" a BHI survey indicates. "The vast majority of doc- tors in today's, health care system don't include hearing health as a routine part of an- nual exams, that more tha those with hez benefit from Dr. Sergei K tive director i a press relea., the survey. espite the fact 195 percent of ring loss could hearing aids," ,chkin. execu- 'BHI, said in announcing PAGE 7B Eleven percent of Americans report having hearing dif- ficulties Heritage Senior Special Get 10 hours of care FREE/* Carl us today for details 407-478-5469 www.floridahomecompanion.com State of Florida AHCA License # NR 302.11467 State of FIQrida AHCA License # 231012 Insured and bonded IN H EALTHCARE. + Nurses RN, LPN + Certified Nurse Assistants + Home Health Aides + Homemakers + Companions + Care Management + Medication reminders + Personal Care + Transportation + Client Advocates RN managed private duty home careagency providing you and your family the peace of mind you deserve! 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