Everyday noises can lead to hearing damage

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Everyone knows that loud noises can damage hearing. Fire Crackers, standing too close to the speakers at a concert, or being in a loud stadium can quickly and permanently cause damage to your ears. But what about the quieter sounds that people are exposed to every day?

Many everyday sounds register between 85-100 decibels. Whether it’s an air conditioner that is close to you at the office or those ear buds playing music all day, prolonged exposure to these sounds can lead to hearing damage. Even something as simple as a balloon popping at a birthday party can be the reason behind a patient’s hearing loss.

For those worried about how their everyday activities might affect their hearing, there are some easy ways to stay safe. The simplest way is to always pay attention to volume of sound around you. It is recommended that everyone turns down music and other audio below 85 dB. If the noise does get above this level in a bar or restaurant, don’t stay around long enough for your hearing to get damaged. Also, when you’re in doubt about the noise level or the length of time you have to spend in a noisy environment, use hearing protection, such as ear plugs.

If you feel you may have damaged your hearing, don’t hesitate to contact Hearing Revolution at (877) 426-0687 to schedule an initial appointment.

What is a loop system and how does it work?

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A hearing loop system is an assistive listening device that helps people with hearing aids and telecoils to hear the sound from a source (television, microphone, speakers, etc) directly through a magnetic signal that will broadcast to the telecoil in the hearing aids. Many theatres, places of worship, auditoriums, and courtrooms are hardwired with loop systems to make it possible for hard of hearing persons to hear and participate. The loop system technology has been around for over 70 years but has recently made a comeback in the United States after having been popular in Europe for a number of years.

This sign lets you know the facility offers a loop system to help you better hear the actors, music, speakers, production, or movie.

How is this possible? These facilities have the induction loop built into the floor or the walls, so when you sit within the circle or loop and turn your hearing aid to the telecoil program, the sound is magnetically transmitted into your hearing aid giving you a clear sound free of background noise and other interferences from traditional hearing aid microphone pick up. More and more places are using loop systems, including transportation terminals (bus stations, train stations, subways, airports), banquet facilities, auditoriums, reception desks, ticket counters, court rooms, and sports facilities. Loop system technology has made these nearly impossibly difficult listening situations more friendly to the hearing impaired.

Loop systems are not just for the public anymore, though. They can also be purchased for home use to help the hearing impaired more easily enjoy television and music in the comfort of their own homes. We offer a loop system solution for $240 that is very easy to install in your home and provides excellent sound quality. It is small enough to be easily portable, or you can leave it permanently installed at your favorite, most comfortable spot to listen or watch television.