Last month’s better speech and hearing month may have come to an end, but our job to raise awareness for hearing loss is never ending. A new national survey of U.S. adults recently released indicates that a significant percentage of Americans are also concerned that exposure to loud noise in leisure settings has harmed or will harm their hearing. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) commissioned this survey, of more than 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. In all, 41% of all adults polled are concerned that past exposure to loud leisure settings may have harmed their hearing, while more than half (51%) worry that future exposure could continue to be harmful. In addition, this survey shows that more than one-third of those polled said that loud noises have reduced their enjoyment of out-of-home activities. Somewhat surprisingly, the youngest generation polled, 18- to 29-year-olds, reported the highest level of dissatisfaction with the noise levels in public places. All this being reported does bring with it some good news and that is our hearing health is highly valued across all age groups surveyed, or more than 80% of all those surveyed said that their hearing is extremely or very important to them. To us that is nothing new, we know that our hearing is important, yet it is reassuring that this survey reinforces what we already know.
If you are concerned about your hearing or the hearing of your loved ones, the first step is to contact us at Hear Again, LLC for a free hearing test. Hearing tests are performed at our offices in Coshocton and in Zanesville, or we can do an in-home visit if you are not able to come to us.