It’s time to celebrate Audiology Awareness Month! To kick it off, we review the history of the event and explain how you can participate below.
The History of Audiology Awareness Month
Audiology Awareness Month was established in 2008 by the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). The goal of doing this was to promote public awareness of hearing loss induced by noise exposure, how to prevent it and how to care for your overall hearing health. The AAA believes that observing Audiology Awareness Month will help eradicate cases of preventable hearing loss.
About the American Academy of Audiology
The AAA is the world’s largest professional organization of, by and for audiologists. They serve as the collective voice in the field of audiology. The organization is committed to advancing the science, practice and accessibility of hearing and balance health for patients, and their mission is to provide quality hearing care through professional development, education, research and increased public awareness of audiologic disorders.
How You Can Participate in Audiology Awareness Month
Follow our tips below to participate in Audiology Awareness Month and take steps to preserve and protect your hearing health.
Protect Your Hearing
There are several ways you can protect your hearing:
- Follow the 60/60 rule. This rule applies when listening to music, podcasts, audiobooks and other media through earbuds or headphones. It states you should listen at no more than 60% of the device’s maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes at a time.
- Wear hearing protection. If you work in a noisy occupation or if you enjoy noisy hobbies, like attending sporting events, be sure to always wear hearing protection. You can purchase disposable foam earplugs from stores or online, or order custom hearing protection from Mt. Hood ENT & Allergy for maximum comfort and protection.
See an Audiologist
Audiologists are experts in the hearing and balance systems. They can:
- Administer hearing tests. It’s important to identify hearing loss early so that it’s easy to treat. A comprehensive hearing test will reveal your exact type and degree of hearing loss.
- Prescribe hearing aids. If your hearing test reveals you have hearing loss, your audiologist can then prescribe hearing aids. These medical devices work by amplifying sounds to a level your ears can easily detect. They are the gold standard of treatment for hearing loss and will improve your quality of life.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Mt. Hood ENT & Allergy today.