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Can you turn that down? Loud music could be to blame for hearing loss

Posted by RHHAdmin on May 21, 2012 8:12:05 AM

The baby boomer generation has had the luxury of seeing some of the greatest musicians of all time performing live. But, could years of rocking out to the likes of The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne and Janis Joplin cause you to seek home therapy for assistance?

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports years of loud music could cause some baby boomers to lose their hearing later in life. The news source cites the National Institute of Deafness and Communications Disorders' findings that 26 million people between the ages of 20 and 69 have experienced some degree of hearing loss due to loud music.

"If you went to a rock concert and walked away with ringing in your ears, you did permanent damage to your ears," Larry Smith, owner of the Advance Hearing Center of Florida's Ormond Beach and Palm Coast branches, told the news provider. "The ringing may subside but later in life you will have problems with your ears."

The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration reports that people who routinely experience a noise level above 85 decibels could experience gradual hearing loss. Researchers tell the news provider that rock concerts can reach up to 120 decibels.

Dr. Michael Branch, an ears, nose and throat specialist at Florida Hospital's Fish Memorial in Orange City, told the news provider he knows what some of his baby boomer patients are going through, as he is experiencing the loss of hearing himself.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that while age-related hearing loss could be caused by loud noises such as rock concerts, there are other factors those in elderly care should be aware of in casetheir hearing starts to go. Risk factors including family history of hearing loss, being a smoker and certain medical conditions could contribute to the disease.

However, there are ways people can live the highest quality of life possible even when their hearing starts to go.

The NIH reports that hearing aids, telephone amplifiers and sign language could all help make the transition of hearing loss easier. Another way you can deal with the effects of hearing loss is with a home health care aid. These individuals can help you deal with day-to-day activity as much as you need them, particularly if hearing loss has affected your quality of life.

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