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GLENVIEW, Ill. – Oct. 5, 2022 – Beltone, named America’s #1 Hearing Care Retailer & Best in Customer Service by Newsweek, is raising awareness around noise-induced hearing loss in observance of National Protect Your Hearing Month. During a virtual media tour that took place today and will be aired on various local news stations nationwide throughout the month of October, Dr. Kathy McGowan, AuD CCC-A, a practicing Doctor of Audiology with Beltone, helped educate audiences of all ages on noise-induced hearing loss focusing on what causes it, who is most at risk for it, and how to protect and preserve your hearing. Beltone is also offering free hearing screenings at its 1,500 locations nationwide to encourage everyone to start taking the first steps in protecting and preserving their hearing.
According to the CDC, about 40 million Americans ages 20 to 69 have hearing loss that may be due to noise exposure and trouble with hearing is the third most reported chronic health condition in the U.S.
What causes noise-induced hearing loss?
It only takes 30 seconds of exposure to loud sounds for noise-induced hearing loss to occur. Noise at or above 85 decibels increases the risk of hearing loss over time. Examples of this include:
Who is most at risk for it?
Noise-induced hearing loss can affect people of any age and studies are showing more younger people are starting to experience hearing loss sooner due to unsafe listening practices. The CDC reports:
How to protect and preserve your hearing:
Untreated hearing loss has been associated with increased risks for other health conditions such as cognitive decline and dementia, depression and anxiety, social isolation, and the risk of falls. Treating hearing loss and preserving your hearing can help slow the progression and lessen these risks.
For more than 80 years, Beltone has been one of the nation’s most trusted and leading hearing care provider. In addition to providing some of the most reliable, affordable and advanced hearing aids, we also pride ourselves on serving as a partner to our patients every step of the way during their hearing health journey. Proudly part of the GN Group, Beltone continues to focus on the needs of our patients through the research and development of innovative new hearing technologies to allow you to hear what truly matters the most. To learn more, please visit us at www.beltone.com and on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Lauren Dickerson, PR Specialist
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