Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? It is! Yet most people aren’t aware of it, just like most people don’t think much about how well they can hear. Most hearing loss is gradual, so it’s easy to assume that “everybody mumbles these days” or “the doorbell must be dying because it’s not as loud as it used to be.” But the trouble might not be external; it could be diminished hearing. Especially these days, with so many ways in which we can inadvertently damage our hearing (loud concerts or workplaces, earbuds or headphones turned up too high), it’s more important than ever for us to do all we can to protect our hearing from long-term damage before the problem is advanced. Fortunately, there are a number of ingenious gizmos nowadays that do just that!
Knops earplugs are to your ears as sunglasses are to your eyes. Except they’re really like three sets of earplugs in one! That’s because you can adjust your Knops to filter out sound on three different levels: light, medium, and maximum. So whether you just want to shush the sounds of a busy city street or work in total silence, you just choose your setting and get exactly the level of quiet that you want!
Soft, elastic Caremuffs look like headphones, but much smaller and in pastel shades of pink and blue. That’s because Caremuffs are specially made to protect a baby’s hearing from harm. They are made of soft materials and have a stretchy elastic headband to be comfortable against a baby’s tender skin. They also have velcro straps to adjust as the child grows. Don’t babies deserve to have their hearing protected just as much as adults do?
Would you prefer a form of hearing protection that’s specifically designed to still be able to enjoy, for instance, the music at a noisy concert? Then Loop has what you need. Like its name, Loop is a small circle or loop, rather than a plug. The clever design filters sound without muffling it. Instead, all sound frequencies are lowered by 20 decibels, so you can comfortably listen to music, sports, or whatever other event you are attending without worrying about your ears ringing the next day.
Cool gadgets to protect your hearing are great, but just as with going to the dentist twice a year or getting a mammogram yearly, to really take care of your hearing, you should get in the habit of checking it yearly. Contact Celestial Hearing Solutions today so that you can be given a comprehensive hearing assessment by Paula or Regina. You’re worth it!
Paula C. Rogers, BC-HIS is a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist and has been helping people to restore and care for their hearing health for over 30 years. You’ll experience the warmth and loving care of Paula and her team who will become your hearing care partners for life at their Las Cruces Hearing Center.