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According to hearing aid specialists (also known as an audioprosthologist) and various studies, men are more likely to experience hearing deterioration than women. In fact, men are twice as likely to suffer hearing loss than women, and yet only half as likely to seek help for it. 

Another study conducted in Switzerland found that women were more likely to use their hearing aids regularly and for longer periods during the day than men.

The question is, why are men more predisposed to hearing degeneration and hearing problems than their female counterparts? One of the existing theories is that despite more and more women becoming involved in what was, up until recently, considered to be ‘male only’ professions, men still tend to work in louder environments than women. Factory, military, and construction jobs are, to this day, male-dominated occupations. These occupations almost always expose workers to loud noises on a regular basis, and it is this loud noise that can eventually have a detrimental effect on a man’s hearing. Statistics show that more than 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to harmful noise levels on a daily basis through their jobs. Worryingly still is the fact that only a few take action in order to properly protect their ears when at work.

How to Protect Hearing in the Workplace 

A general exposure to very loud noise can have detrimental, long-term effects on your inner ear. This is because the noise can cause damage to the hairs or nerve cells in the cochlea which are responsible for sending sound signals to the brain. Did you know that any long-term exposure to noise of 85 decibels or higher (the equivalent of heavy traffic or the sound of a lawnmower), can lead to permanent hearing damage? It is no wonder then why those operating chainsaws or jackhammers, and who neglect to take action to protect their hearing, will tend to suffer from significant hearing loss down the line! 

So, what can you do to prevent hearing damage from taking place? 

  • First and foremost, you will need to wear hearing protection whenever you are going to be in a loud environment for a prolonged period of time. 
  • The quality of the hearing protection is essential, so make sure that it meets specific standards. 
  • In the USA, employers are responsible for providing their employees with adequate hearing protection in certain situations. For instance, the Occupational Noise Exposure Standard (1910.95) insists that the employer provides hearing protectors to all general industry employees who are exposed to an 8-hour TWA of 85 decibels at no cost to the employees. 

What Else Contributes to Hearing Loss in Men? 

Gender and work conditions are definitely not the only factors that contribute to men needing and using a hearing aid. Other contributing factors include the following:

Age

The older you get, the more likely you are to experience hearing loss. In fact, by the time you reach the age of 75, there is a 50% chance that you will require a hearing aid. 

DNA 

Some people are simply genetically predisposed to hearing loss and may, therefore, experience it sooner than expected, regardless of their age or their gender. 

Medication

There are certain medications that can be bad for your ear health. Gentamicin (an antibiotic), sildenafil (Viagra), and some chemotherapy drugs all have the potential to damage the inner ear. If you are concerned about hearing loss regarding any medication that you are taking, always consult with your doctor. 

Ultimately, it is important to be aware of hearing changes regardless of whether you are a male or an older adult. If in doubt, schedule a hearing test with a hearing aid specialist (audioprosthologist) at the Beltone hearing aid center, Chenault House of Hearing today. We will be able to assess the quality of your hearing and, if necessary, help you find the right hearing aid solution to suit your lifestyle. We accept Medicaid and most hearing aids insurance. Contact us now. 


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If you are someone who is suffering from hearing loss, you will likely be wondering whether or not your regular health insurance covers the cost of hearing aids. The truth, unfortunately, is that health insurers in most U.S. states do not ordinarily provide cover for hearing aids. That said, you will find plenty of cases where patients have been reimbursed by their health insurer for hearing aids that they have bought. So, it will be correct to say hearing aid insurance coverage not only differs between insurers but also from state to state. 


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If you are struggling with hearing loss, regardless of how minor or how severe, you will likely be looking into your options in terms of rectifying the problem. In your research, you will probably have come across two different solutions, namely hearing aids and hearing amplifiers. The question is, what is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other? What are the pros and cons of each? And, most importantly, which one is best suited to your unique circumstances and level of hearing loss. We investigate below.


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As someone who is suffering from hearing loss, you will undoubtedly be on the look-out for a solution that is best suited to your lifestyle, age as well as the severity of hearing loss that you have experienced. 

There are many different types and styles of hearing aids, which cover a variety of personal needs that include lifestyle, the degree of hearing loss, and other factors that should be discussed with hearing professionals. At Chenault House of Hearing, we work with the many different types of hearing aids and help our customers to pick the right device with the right features to suit their needs.


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The world we live in can be loud. There are a lot of common activities we engage in that provide sustained damaging noise exposure. Sounds from leaf blowers, power tools, lawnmowers, and even hairdryers and vacuum cleaners can be enough to damage your hearing.

The OSHA guidelines for Occupational Safety and Health start to kick in at 85 decibels. Sudden loud noises or sustained loud noises can damage the tiny hairs in your inner ear that are essential to hearing. These hair cells don’t regenerate. So, you want to hang on to every little hair cell that you can. Here are 5 tips to help you protect your hearing:


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In this blog post, we are going to cover the proper way or methodology for cleaning hearing aids, specifically the popular behind-the-ear hearing aid.

A standard behind-the-ear hearing aid is connected to a custom earmold via a tube. The earmold itself is made of silicone or acrylic and in its custom molded to the ear. The most important aspect when cleaning this style of hearing aid is keeping wax or debris in your ear canal out of the air passageway or the sound passageway in the custom earpiece. In the custom earpieces, you’re typically going to have one hole for the sound to pass through and a second hole which serves as a pressure ventilation passageway. That way, when the earmold is in your ear, it doesn’t literally plug up the ear – it allows air to bypass the earpiece.

The most recommended device to use to clean your hearing aids is a simple tool where one side has a small wire loop and the other side has a little brush. The most important side is the wire loop side. Take this side and scoop out both of the holes, thereby removing any debris.


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According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, a division of the National Institute of Health, 36 million Americans suffer from a hearing loss. And, this is a growing problem as our population ages. Approximately one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have a hearing loss, and this number increases to half of all adults over the age of 75.

The good news is that hearing aids can help. The bad news is that only 20% of those with hearing loss benefit from treatment by actually seeking help. This lack of treatment often affects the social, physical, and cognitive well being of older adults.


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