4th of July Hearing Safety Tips

July is here and many people are making their 4th of July plans. For some it will include cookouts, parades and concerts, but for many, fireworks will be on the agenda. Whether you are planning to enjoy fireworks by lighting them yourself, watching a public display or are an accidental bystander as others enjoy them, there are some things you can do to prevent hearing loss from the loud BANG! POP! and BOOM! that fireworks create.

Noise is a major cause of hearing loss and many people don’t realize that a single BANG! of a firecracker can damage one’s hearing instantly and possibly permanently. That is why most hearing professionals recommend leaving the fireworks to the experts so that you can enjoy them at a safe distance from the noise. Even then, wearing ear plugs is recommended to prevent accidental damage. Don’t forget the little ones in your care, since they will need to protect their hearing too.

Other forms of noise you might experience this week - although very enjoyable - will be live music performances like concerts and marching bands, parades, military planes flying overhead and the cheers of crowds. Be aware of the sounds around you and take precautions to protect your hearing. If you have to shout to be heard by someone who is within arms length of you, the noise around you is probably too loud to be considered safe for your hearing.

The 4th of July is a fun and exciting time in America. We hope you have a great time with your friends and family and take the necessary precautions to protect your hearing while you celebrate! Have a happy and safe Independence Day!


How Can An Audiologist Help You?

An Audiologist (or Doctor of Audiology) is the professional who assesses, diagnoses, treats, and manages hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children. Since Audiology is a science that focuses on hearing, balance and related conditions, audiology professionals are trained to help correct these problems.

Audiologists can prescribe, fit, and dispense hearing aids and other hearing assistance tools. They can also create hearing protection programs and hearing rehabilitation training like auditory training and listening skills development. Audiologists can evaluate and treat individuals with central auditory processing disorders, tinnitus (noise or ringing in the ears) and hearing loss. Since hearing disorders can sometimes result in speech difficulties, a Speech Language Pathologist can also help.

Our office offers all of these services with highly skilled staff members who have been serving in the audiology industry for many years. Dr. Caldwell-Miller and our entire staff are passionate about helping others to hear well. We are knowledgeable about and offer state-of-the-art technology to help you be your best! If you are having problems with your hearing or balance, we can help.

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