It seems that every month we have something we need to be aware of. It may be Breast Cancer Awareness and National Protect Your Hearing Month in October, Autism Awareness Month in April, and American Heart Month in February. So for the month of May, in addition to Mother’s Day, the multitude of graduations, proms, and the many wedding celebrations, let’s focus on our hearing health. Yes, that is right… May is Better Hearing Month.
Check out some of our activities in celebration of Better Hearing Month:
Better Hearing Month: Hearing Solutions of North Carolina May Hearing Screenings
Jane and I will be out of the office the first week in May as part of the Humanitarian team that will be screening the hearing of the children on the island of Turks and Caicos. This is a great way to kick off Better Hearing Month and I greatly appreciate the invitation to attend.
If we find any children with hearing loss, we will have the opportunity to fit them with hearing aids while we are there. I will share our experiences with you in next month’s issue. Keep an eye on our Facebook page as we post videos as well.
Continuing Education for Updated Hearing Solutions
I recently returned from attending the Entheos owner’s meeting which was held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Private practice audiologists gather to learn about the latest research being done in the field of hearing health, as well as to learn about new diagnostic and rehabilitation equipment that is available.
Accumulating over 15 hours of continuing education, I was interested in several presentations focusing on the brain and hearing health. Most people picture the hearing or auditory system as an organ composed of three main components – the outer, middle, and inner ear. However, there’s actually more to the auditory system than those three parts. In fact, research indicates and continues to strengthen the fascinating connection between neurophysiology and hearing.
Additionally, several research studies also indicate that there is a negative effect on the synchrony of neural firing in individuals exposed to constant low-level sounds. Exposing babies to low-level noise from sound machines never gives their little brains time to rest and develop. We live in a noisy world, but our brains need quiet too.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has done a pretty good job protecting employees exposed to high-level noises (above 85dB), but what about recreational noise exposure and constant low-level noise?
As hearing healthcare providers, we believe that we are responsible for educating our patients and giving timely updates on how to take care of their hearing, and that is what we aim to do at Hearing Solutions of NC.
Start Your Journey to Better Hearing Today!
Why not make this May your month for Better Hearing. Give Jamie or Diane a call at (704) 212-2376 to take that first step toward better hearing to stay engaged with your family and friends.
We look forward to seeing you soon!