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Lakeside Audiology - hearing Zone

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in Hearing Health and Wellness

Understanding hearing and how to safeguard your hearing health. Lakeside Audiology - Hearing Zone

About your hearing health

The ear and its hearing mechanisms are some of the smallest and most delicate parts of the human body. There are a variety of environments and illnesses that can effect and upset these delicate components and the fragile balance necessary for optimal hearing health. This is why hearing loss detection is so essential in preventing further damage and permanent hearing impairment or total hearing loss.

Lakeside Audiology ear diagram

Outer Ear

  • Pinna
  • External Auditory Canal

Middle Ear

  • Tympanic Membrane (Ear Drum)
  • Auditory Ossicles (Malleus, Incus, Stapes)
  • Middle Ear Cavity
  • Eustachian Tube

Inner Ear

  • Oval Window
  • Round Window
  • Cochlea
  • Semicircular Canals

All of these parts need to function properly for you to hear correctly. If any of them are damaged or experience a disruption in function it can cause long term or possibly permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss can effect your everyday life and relationships.

Protecting your hearing and your hearing health

There are many early signs associated with hearing loss (Take the Lakeside Audiology Hearing Health Quiz). Knowing these signs and acting on them can prevent permanent hearing loss. Call Lakeside Audiology/Hearing Zone today for a hearing evaluation.

The most common form of hearing loss is Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). NIHL is also the most preventable. The are many environments and activities that expose us to this hazard:

  • Construction workplaces
  • Gunfire
  • Loud concerts
  • Household tasks like vacuuming, using a blow drier or mowing the lawn

There is a simple solution to these hearing loss hazards, simply wear hearing protection. Ear plugs are very common, inexpensive and easily purchased. There are also custom options (ear muffs) which are design for very specific purposes such as sport shooting and working around heavy loud machinery. It is a small step but can save your hearing.

Other than using hearing/ear protection there are some other steps to take in preserving your hearing health:

  • Use caution with portable music player volume. The sound from headphones is funneled directly into your ear canal and can cause damage if great care is not take. If you listen to noise-canceling headphones on a high volume, consider lowering the volume, or lessoning your time spent wearing them.
  • Give your ears and your hearing a rest. Allow time between high volume activities for your ears/hearing to rest.

If you are concerned about your own or a loved one's hearing health, please contact us today to schedule a hearing health evaluation.

Lakeside Audiology - Hearing Zone