Hearing loss and basketballRooting on your favorite basketball teams with friends and fellow sports devotees during March Madness is a fun time for many individuals. For most, this is a superb chance to view multiple games personally and submerge yourself in to the sports activities atmosphere of yelling and cheering during each match-up.

The downside is that all that loud noise can result in hearing reduction.

When people are exposed to noise levels of 80-90 decimals for eight hours or longer, serious damage can be done to one’s hearing. Most sports arenas regularly reach these sound levels throughout the span of a game, especially when supporters start to cheer loudly during a thrilling play.

Most basketball games don’t last for eight hours, but these sound levels can still do damage to your hearing. So when sports enthusiasts are fortunate to view multiple video games in a row (which is obviously a choice during March Madness), long lasting damage to your internal ear can start to occur.

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Musicians with TinnitusTinnitus is the medical term for an awareness of sound in the ears that’s not from an external source. In its mildest form, tinnitus is common after exposure to loud sound, like attending a noisy concert or shooting a gun. However, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 15% of the U.S. population suffers from chronic tinnitus. Around 5% of these sufferers find it affects their quality of life.

While there’s no cure for tinnitus, hearing aids are the most common way to manage tinnitus symptoms. Tinnitus specialists also recommend avoiding silence. Why?
Increasing the level of background noise can help you stop focusing on tinnitus. Many people find playing low-level music from a radio or iPod is beneficial. In fact, research shows that some types of low-volume music can actually help us relax.

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Fotolia 178024211 Subscription Monthly XXLMore and more people have trouble hearing. With one in ten people in the United States having a hearing loss, there are young adults with hearing loss, from mild to profound. Young people are especially at risk, as they often use headphones at a loud volume. 

According to a 2011 study carried out by the New York City Department of Health, one in four young New York adults aged 18-44 reports hearing loss and hearing problems are found in 23% of people who use headphones at a high volume at least five days a week for four hours a day. 

These studies show that listening to music at high volumes for extended lengths of time can cause noise-induced hearing loss. It’s important to practice safe listening techniques at home, in the car, at concerts, or while listening to your MP3 player or smartphone accessories.

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Gift of Hearing

Valentine’s Day is here and love is in the air! It’s that time of the year where you show your significant other how much they mean to you by giving them gifts or planning a nice date. While these are all nice gestures, make sure to also focus on the day’s true meaning: reconnecting with your significant other.

If you or your partner has untreated hearing loss, the two of you may not be able to communicate like you did before. If hearing loss has weakened your emotional connection, carving out time to strengthen your communication skills is especially crucial.

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Holidays and Hearing LossThe holiday season is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. However, if you or someone you love suffers from hearing loss, the holidays can be difficult.   It’s often common for a loved one to feel self-conscious about their hearing loss or even deny their need for hearing aids. 
Sometimes people with hearing loss often forget just how important communication with others is and how their hearing health affects those around them. This raises the question, what is the best way to approach your family members hearing loss without offending them?

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