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During Football Season, Local Audiologist Makes Noise About Hearing Protection

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October 19, 2017

During Football Season, Local Audiologist Makes Noise About Hearing Protection

Bartlesville, OK — This October is the American Academy of Audiology’s National Audiology Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about audiology and the importance of hearing protection. Making this topic relevant and timely to the community, Advanced Hearing Care reminds football fans (and arena-sports fans alike) that the best offense against hearing loss is a good defense.

“Your hearing is a key element to fully enjoying your time at the game. Ironically, the things we love — from cheering and jeering to the halftime performance — are all things that could hurt our hearing. The better you protect your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to experience the things you love,” says Stephanie Moore, Audiologist, of Advanced Hearing Care

Loud stadiums have become a source of pride for fans and teams across the country, but with stadium noise exceeding safe decibel (sound pressure) levels, it’s also a source of hearing loss. Cheering fans can push decibel (dB) levels well into the hundreds. At these levels, it only takes 1 to 15 minutes for the sound to damage your ears.

“Cheering while the away team is in a huddle gives football fans the opportunity to get in on the action, but football isn’t the only sport that puts fans at risk. From vuvuzelas to referee whistles and fireworks, loud noise at sporting events is something all spectators should be aware of,” says Dr. Moore. “The more awareness we raise about noise-induced hearing loss [NIHL], the more people we can help.”

NIHL is damage done to the ears by exposure to loud noise; the amount of damage is dependent upon the decibel level and the length of time you’re exposed. Repeated exposure to sound levels above 85 dB can cause permanent hearing loss. Rather than not being able to hear at all, high-frequency sounds are usually the first to go, meaning you may be unable to hear s, f, sh, ch, h, or soft c sounds.

National Audiology Awareness Month encourages regular hearing checkups combined with hearing protection to preserve hearing health. The focus includes helping those living with untreated hearing loss by offering educational pieces around technological advances in hearing aids.

Press Contact:
Stephanie Moore, AuD
Advanced Hearing Care
918-333-9992
info@drstephaniemoore.com, www.drstephaniemoore.com
About Advanced Hearing Care- Advanced Hearing Care is a full-service audiology practice proud to be bringing better hearing to the people of Bartlesville for 11 years. From Bartlesville our AudigyCertified™ hearing care practice has helped thousands of patients with their hearing, tinnitus, and balance disorders — and offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and expert fitting of hearing technology.

Press Release: Keep Hearing Safe This Summer

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July 24, 2015

Advanced Hearing Care Works to Keep Hearing Safe This Summer

Bartlesville, OK – Summer is in full swing, and barbecues, vacations, and events with family members are a big aspect of the season. “Each season new memories are made that can’t be substituted or re-created,” said Stephanie Moore, AuD of Advanced Hearing Care.  “And as the years go on, these memories become more and more priceless.” To make sure you never miss a moment, conversation, or memory, Dr. Moore has offered up three common situations and accompanying tips to protect your hearing and your memories.

Ride on: “While convertibles are cool, having to say ‘what’ all the time isn’t. When riding in motorcycles and convertibles, the higher the speed, the higher your risk for damaging your hearing,” says Dr. Moore. Research shows that going 55 mph or higher produces damaging decibels. This is due to exposure to other loud automobiles (like semis or motorcycles) and wind.

Solution: Keep foam earplugs in your vehicle, or call us about custom earplugs if you’re a motorcycle enthusiast.

You have the power: A power mower from three feet away emits sounds of 107 dB, and a power saw from three feet away is 110 dB. “‘It can’t be that loud’ is something I hear quite often from those who work with power tools on the job or when doing home projects, but it can be and it is,” Dr. Moore said.

Solution: Wear earplugs or earmuffs when operating power tools. Foam and silicone construction are best for earplugs because they reduce additional decibels. Earmuffs are more heavy duty and can take more wear and tear.

Like music to your ears: “People typically don’t wear earplugs at concerts because they want the full effect of the experience — but over time, that experience will be quieted because of noise-induced hearing loss,” said Dr. Moore.   Concerts average anywhere from 100 to 120 decibels.

Solution: Musicians’ earplugs turn the overall decibels down, so you still hear the music evenly. They can be custom fit to your ears to ensure protection and sound quality.

For more information on improving your hearing for the summer, contact Dr. Stephanie Moore.  918-333-9992

Press Contact:
Stephanie Moore, AuD
drstephanie@drstephaniemoore.com
, www.drstephaniemoore.com

About Advanced Hearing Care is a full-service audiology practice proud to be bringing better hearing to the people of Bartlesville for 9 years.  Our AudigyCertified™ hearing care practice has helped thousands of patients with their hearing, tinnitus, and balance disorders — and offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and expert fitting of hearing technology.