Lakewood, N.J. – Thirty-six million Americans have hearing loss, with one in three cases caused by noise exposure. May is Better Hearing Month, and Kimball Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, reminds the community to protect its hearing.
Sue Ellen Boyer, AuD., a clinical audiologist at Kimball Medical Center, recommends the following tips to reduce damage caused by noise and prevent hearing loss:
- Wear hearing protection when around loud noise or when exposed to noise for a long period of time
- Decrease the volume of the radio, TV, iPod and anything with earbuds or headphones
- Stay away from loud noise
“Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells that are found in our inner ear. Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear (sound energy) into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, our hair cells cannot grow back, causing permanent hearing loss,” explains Dr. Boyer.
Noise is considered dangerous if has to shout to be heard; it is painful to one’s ears; it causes one’s ears to ring during and after exposure; or if someone experiences decreased or “muffled” hearing for several hours after exposure. An audiologist can perform a hearing test to determine the type and severity of hearing loss, then recommend appropriate treatment options.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Boyer or to learn more about the comprehensive audiology services at Kimball Medical Center, please call 732-942-5921 or 1-888-724-7123. For additional information about Kimball Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/Kimball or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kimballmedicalcenter.
About Kimball Medical Center
Kimball Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, is a 350-bed, fully accredited acute care hospital dedicated to providing high quality medical and healthcare services to the residents of Ocean County and southern Monmouth County.
In addition to offering a full range of innovative diagnostic and treatment services, Kimball Medical Center offers an array of wellness programs. Its ever-growing series of health education programs, lectures, screenings and support groups aim to promote wellness among all age groups.
For more information about Kimball Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.
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