SOUND EFFECTS

Regular readers of our  posts are continuously advised to shield their ears from noise, a common cause of hearing loss. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), noise pollution is one of the pressing threats to public health problems. Not only can persistent and/ or overly loud noise damage the ears, but it can also give rise to sleep problems, stress, heart disease, and stoke. In addition, exposure to noise can even lead to weight gain.

A 2015 Swedish study linked noise with expanding waist measurements and also found living under a flight path doubled the risk of obesity. It pays to wear earplugs and turn down the volume, as needed.

Because the damage from noise exposure is usually gradual, you might not notice it, or you might ignore the signs of hearing loss until they become more pronounced. Over time, the sounds may become distorted or muffled, and you might find it difficult to understand other people when they talk. To learn more about hearing loss, please call CORTLAND HEARING AIDS at 1-888-614-8064. Our hearing center is located at 277 Tompkins St. Suite C., Cortland, NY 13045. Visit our website at www.cortlandhearingaids.com.

How to tell if your child needs a hearing test

For parents, it’s not always easy to tell when a child has a hearing issue. To guarantee they excel in school, stay safe, and develop properly, children need to hear well, which is why it’s important to have your child’s hearing tested. To help you determine whether your child may have hearing problems, the experts from Cortland Hearing Aids in Cortland, NY, have compiled some signs to be aware of.

Here are three possible indications that your child is suffering from hearing problems and could benefit from receiving hearing help:

  • Your Child Doesn’t Always Respond: Sometimes, parents assume unresponsiveness could be a behavioral issue, when in fact, there could be a legitimate hearing problem going on. If your child says “what” often, only responds at certain times, or looks as if they’re concentrating very hard when you’re speaking, it could be time for an evaluation.
  • hearing-aidYour Child Speaks Loudly: By nature, children tend to speak louder than adults at times. If they’re consistently speaking loudly during normal conversations, however, it could be an indication that they’re experiencing hearing difficulties.
  • Your Child Turns Up the Volume: If your child has to turn up the television or their music to a high volume to hear it, you may want to have them see a hearing specialist to determine if there’s a problem.

If your child is exhibiting any of the signs listed above, call Cortland Hearing Aids at (888) 614-8064 to set up a hearing evaluation. You can also learn more about the different types of services offered by the practice by visiting the website.