Hearing Health and Heart Health: Take Care of Your Physical and Emotional Health This Valentine's Day
Whether it’s hearing your favorite love song or the words “I love you” this Valentine’s Day, remember that it’s not just important to keep your ears healthy - you need to physically and emotionally take care of your heart too.
The heart needs exercise to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Proper blood flow to crucial organs, including your ears, is necessary for overall health.
What potential risks can a poor cardiovascular system cause to your hearing?
When discussing any health concerns, taking preventative measures is the best way to avoid these problems. Hearing loss can cause cognitive decline and isolation, which may lead to depression. Make sure that you take care of your physical needs, as well as your emotional, spiritual, and social needs. A meaningful connection with others is just as important as taking care of your body. If you’re experiencing hearing loss, connecting with others can be challenging. Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing to schedule regular hearing tests and seek treatment with hearing aids if your hearing has worsened.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the staff at Pure Sound!
Happy New Year from Pure Sound Hearing!
As we wind down from this year and prepare to welcome the new year at a friend or family member’s party or an event, please remember to protect your ears from loud noises that are bound to occur.
New Year’s Eve is commonly associated with celebrating with loud music, dancing, fireworks, and alcohol. Do you ever think about how loud a cork removed from a champagne bottle can be? Even getting hit in the ear with it flying nearly 25 miles per hour can cause damage to your eardrum.
A fireworks display is beautiful to watch and enjoy after the clock reaches midnight, but be aware that the bursts of noise can range from 150 to 175 decibels (dB). The average human’s listening threshold is 70-85 dB. That noise level can cause permanent damage to your hearing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), adults should not be in an area with over 140 dB of peak sound pressure. Many people have endured some damage to their ears due to the sound of fireworks. Similar noise levels, such as live concerts, sound systems, and explosions, can cause tinnitus or permanent hearing loss. If you experience tinnitus due to fireworks noise, the phrase ‘ringing in the New Year’ can have a new meaning.
The importance of Distance between You and the Source of the Sound
One element of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) caused by sounds like fireworks is the range of distance a person is from the source of sounds. The closer you are from where the sound originates, the more likely you experience hearing loss. To reduce the damage that noise does to your ears, make sure you are 15-20 meters away from the sound source. Children’s hearing is much more sensitive, so keeping them at a further distance is highly recommended.
Protect Your Ears with Ear Plugs
Is the sound nearby also loud? Earplugs aren’t just helpful in blocking out annoying background noises. Use them to protect your ears from dangerous levels of sound.
Indirect Noise Exposure
Anyone who lives near a popular/loud venue could be experiencing noise disturbance. Most people will tolerate the noises during celebrations. When these events last too long throughout the night and into the early morning hours, this can be considered noise pollution.
Night hours last from 11 pm to 7 am. The law allows a maximum noise level between these hours. A warning may be issued if there are complaints about the noise levels. For anyone who chooses not to expose themselves to the noise from these events, it can impact their mental and physical health. Noise pollution can raise blood pressure, causing hypertension and heart disease.
Homes nearby can be protected if New Year’s Eve event organizers block out some noise by using acoustic barriers. These barriers stop noise from being heard by people who did not attend the event.
If you are experiencing hearing loss caused by noise exposure or for any other reason, contact Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation.
The holidays are coming up. Maybe you’ve been thinking about a family member’s hearing health lately. These gift ideas might perk up their ears.
Does someone in your family love listening to music, streaming their favorite podcast, or enjoying an audiobook? Headphones that are correctly used, at a low or comfortable volume, for an allotted amount of time can be a great gift.
While earbuds are small and convenient, sounds can escape from the edges. A person will be prone to turning the volume level up to cover up outside noises. This is bad for your hearing. Earbuds transfer audio waves directly to your ear canal, worsening hearing health.
Headphones seal the ears. That creates fewer competing sounds in your environment, making you less likely to raise the volume level.
Earplugs can be customized for different activities. Whether you want dependable and inexpensive ones, or custom earplugs that are a bit pricier, your family member will appreciate that you kept their health in mind.
High-fidelity earplugs allow users to hear slightly different tones in music while reducing the loud volume. These are perfect for anyone who loves live music.
An Acoustic Guitar Sound Hole Cover
Whether or not your loved one is good at guitar, you may not want to hear yet another rendition of a song they’re playing.
Use a soundhole cover! It’s a disc that rests in the soundhole of most acoustic guitars so the sound becomes dampened. They only cost three to five dollars, so they can shred it while protecting their hearing.
If your loved one has taken a step further from doing air drums to using actual drums, maybe you can get them a drum practice pad. It’s much quieter than a snare drum.
Maybe your loved one’s hearing health has been waning for years, and they haven’t given in to wearing hearing aids yet. Hearing aids can significantly help maintain their hearing health, overall health, and communication with family, friends, and anyone else they interact with.
If anyone in your life, including you, needs hearing aids contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation.
Happy Thanksgiving from Pure Sound Hearing!
The staff from Pure Sound Hearing wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July!
All office locations will be closed on Monday July 4, 2022.
The staff at Pure Sound wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Hearing Health Holiday Round Up
Whether you are gathering in person with family and friends or preparing for a socially distanced holiday this year, we’ve got you covered with some tips on how to communicate with loved ones.
Check out the following articles to help you get ready for the holiday season!
Hear For the Holidays
7 Tips for the Hard of Hearing During the Holiday Season
Managing Your Hearing Loss this Holiday Season
What are some of the Leading Apps for Smartphone Captions?
If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss and need hearing aids, please get in touch with us at Pure Sound Hearing to schedule a complimentary hearing test and consultation.