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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), now thirty years old provides protections for all disabled Americans. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that students with hearing loss are able to receive proper education and accommodations if necessary. For adult workers, the ADA prevents an employer from firing any person with “impairments that substantially limit a major life activity” which includes hearing loss. Since approximately 22 percent or around 22 million Americans are exposed to hazardous noise levels in their workplace, this applies to their place of employment. Employees with unaided hearing loss earned on average $20,000 less annually than those who used hearing aids or cochlear implants.

People wait an average of 7 years but can go as long as 10 years before seeking help. Only 1 in 5 people (28 Million) who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one. Most people do not even consider a cochlear implant believing they are only for children. There is NO medical or surgical treatment of hearing loss caused by noise. Damaged hair cells do not grow back. Take every opportunity to protect your hearing by moving away from loud noises and turning down volumes. IF YOU HAVE SUDDEN HEARING LOSS – CALL YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY.

Post-Pandemic Care

Even though the variant viruses of the SARS-COVID-19 have made their debut, taking precautions is still beneficial for all. Thorough handwashing, staying home when your sick, and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing are always good hygiene measures to remember. Wearing masks is still required in certain facilities and businesses including hospital and ER settings, medical facilities and clinics. With the full-facial masks required, difficulty in reading lips and understanding muffled words hampers all communications for deaf and hard of hearing people. Entrepreneur companies have manufactured clear windowed masks approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)for purchase online. Since receiving the FDA approval, they are in high demand and fill the requirements for those who need to read lips and hear the spoken word.

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Hearing Loss Today

Hearing loss: Discoveries about hearing loss, tinnitus, and various diseases in the cochlear, brain and vestibular system are exploding right and left as researchers are finding new ideas of the causes for these intricate diseases that all people have known for decades or longer. Inventing new devices to help hear where the ear and brain no longer can function has brought new ideas and industry to the forefront with all ages in mind. Hearing loss affects infants to the elder with no distinction in mind. Noise is our enemy. But that doesn’t fend off those who are pursuing an answer to what may be out there for the next invention or the next great “light bulb” idea. Too much is at stake with 48 million hearing loss lives in U.S. and over 480,000 million globally. Cochlear implants are impressive and so are high end hearing aids with everything on them but newer devices like the NeoSensory device is even better.

   Perhaps out-of-the-box devices are the answer to what we are looking for in helping us hear well or better. The future looks better if we allow the new inventions to come on board AND we encourage them to develop what we want them to create for us.

   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be coming out with their new Standard of Practices for medical devices – namely Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids this year. This will even the field for all consumers, manufacturers, and businesses that sell these devices. There will be more information on this when the Standards are issued. Stay tuned.

SUN CITY CENTER CHAPTER MEETINGS

We are now holding HYBRID meetings. This means we offer both In-Person and Zoom™ Platform blended meetings each month. This allows everyone to choose how they wish to attend our meetings. We have out of state/town guests attending our meetings via Zoom™ which allow them to watch, learn and talk with our Speaker. Those in attendance at St Andrew Presbyterian Church are able to see the Speaker in the room or via the laptop camera. This has worked out very well with our audiences. All of our meetings are FREE, offer Captioning and our meeting room has the Audio Loop System in it.

 

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What causes Hearing Loss ?

Advanced age is the most common cause of hearing loss. One out of three people age 65-74 has some level of hearing loss. After age 75, that goes up to one out of every two people.

Researchers don't fully understand why hearing declines with age. It could be that lifetime exposure to noise and other damaging factors slowly wear down the ears' delicate mechanics. Your genes are also part of the mix.

Noise wears down hearing if it's loud or continuous. In some workplaces, ears are exposed to dangerous noise levels every day. To understand the impact of noise, consider this: 44% of carpenters and 48% of plumbers report some hearing loss. Other noisy lines of work include the military, mining, manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation.

Medications can impair hearing or balance. More than 200 drugs and chemicals have a track record of triggering hearing and balance side effects in addition to their disease-fighting abilities.

  • Some antibiotics
  • Some chemotherapy drugs
  • Aspirin
  • Loop diuretics
  • A drug used to treat malaria
  • Several drugs for erectile dysfunction
  • Ototoxic Medications

Our clear, straight forward message has changed the lives of many people:
Hearing loss is a daily challenge you can overcome.
You do not have to hide your hearing loss.
You do not have to face hearing loss alone.