Wednesday, May 31, 2017

It's National Save Your Hearing Day

I've been through my fair share of problems with my ears.  The problems started when I was little and haven't left me yet.  Ear tubes are as much part of my body as any of my limbs.  My ears are severely scarred from having so many surgeries on them.  I may be able to hear just fine one day and look straight at you without hearing a word the next day.  My most recent surgery was in late 2015.  The right ear got an ear tube and the left eardrum was patched with fat from the back of my earlobe.

Although it's not always the case, much of hearing loss is preventable.  There's only so many decibels a person can take before their ears finally cry "Uncle".  Don't be too cool for school --- Wear ear protection if you're going be around loud noises.  If your ears are prone to infections from water, it's totally okay to wear ear plugs.  I can swim like a fish but rarely put my head under water because I don't want to suffer the consequences that come from Swimmer's Ear.  That's my PSA for the day, but if you want to learn more, check out the variety of resources and information at the Better Hearing Institute.

Do you suffer from hearing loss?  What measures do you take to help prevent hearing loss?


Jenny Evans said...

Thanks for the PSA. We take our hearing for granted!

Mandy said...

I had no idea you have had such a rough time with your ears. I can imagine how frustrating that must be. This is a great reminder to take care of your hearing. Like the above poster said, it's definitely something we take for granted.

Kirsten Nasserisina said...

My hearing has declined since my mid twenties due to loud music and always using my Walkman when I'd go to the gym. Since then, I was forced to ditch my Walkman and I have stopping using any type of audio device that has to be inserted in the ears.

CindyWindy2003 said...

I work in a plant, even though I'm office personnel because of the plant environment everyone is required to take annual hearing tests and a class.