Easton, MD May 1, 2016 — New hearing health data shows that a majority of audioprosthologists, audiologists and hearing instrument specialists are seeing sufficient misuse of personal technology devices with children and teen patients—to the point that there is serious concern about kids’ communication health—Easton audioprosthologist Mark Harrison is urging parents to teach and model safe device listening to prevent irreversible, lifelong hearing loss in their children. This advice is especially timely given that May is Better Hearing & Speech Month.
This is a growing concern, as people of all ages increasingly use devices to listen to music, watch television shows, play games, and otherwise entertain themselves, often for hours on end. Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable by adapting to some very basic safe listening habits. However, once this hearing loss takes place, it is unfortunately irreversible.
Parents can play a key role in not only teaching these habits, but also in modeling these behaviors. “As with just about everything else, it’s critical that parents practice what they preach—for the children’s health as well as their own,’ explains Harrison.
Hearing loss can affect everything from speech/language development; academic and vocational success; and social skills and mental health. If you suspect your loved one may be having a hearing issue, seek a complete evaluation from a certified audioprosthologist, audiologist or hearing instrument specialist immediately to mitigate any potential negative consequences.
To learn the signs of hearing loss, visit http://identifythesigns.org. To set up an interview with Mark Harrison, please contact International Hearing Systems at 410-988-6692/
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