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Rounding out Better Hearing and Speech Month is Save Your Hearing Day on May 31.
Save Your Hearing Day is meant to remind us of the ways we can prevent some causes of hearing loss.
Hearing loss can be caused by many factors, including age, noise exposure, genetics, illnesses and disorders, medications or physical trauma. Despite the many and varied causes of hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology estimates that up to half of cases of impairment are preventable.
Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable and occurs when the hair cells in the cochlea, or inner ear, are damaged by exposure to loud noise.
Here are some simple actions you can take to help prevent certain kinds of hearing loss:
- Be careful using ear bud headphones, and always heed warnings from your device about high volume.
- Pay attention to how long and how often you’re listening to music on your devices, and try to reduce that time. For example, perhaps you listen to loud music while working out at the gym several times a week.
- Ask your doctor whether hearing loss or tinnitus is a possible side effect when prescribed a new medication.
- Wear ear protection when you know you will be exposed to loud noise, like at a concert, at a sporting event, or when working around construction.
- Store hearing protection in noisy vehicles you may use. For example, in a motorcycle pack or in storage on a motorboat.
- Consider purchasing appliances and devices for your home with low noise ratings.
- If you are exposed to noise at work, talk to your supervisor or human resources department about ear protection and controlling noise in your work environment.
- Schedule routine hearing check-ups with a health professional so you can track your hearing health yearly.
Did you know the sound from a sporting event can damage your hearing after just a few minutes? This video gives a good overview of the way some of the sounds we’re commonly exposed to can affect our hearing:
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The World Hearing Day is an annual advocacy event that fosters dialogue on ear care and prevention of hearing problems. In line with this year’s theme, “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment”, Cochlear celebrates the World Hearing Day with an international campaign.
The importance of raising awareness on hearing impairment was first addressed in 2007 when the World Health Organization (WHO) and China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) partnered in an unprecedented initiative to voice the daily burden of some 360 million people affected by hearing disability. The World Hearing Day, formerly known as International Ear Care Day, resulted from the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment, jointly hosted by WHO and CDPF.
According to a 2012 WHO report, about 1 billion young people who are recreationally exposed to high sounds are at risk of developing long-term hearing problems. The same report points out that more than 60% of the childhood hearing loss cases can be prevented by taking specific measures. Coupled with the high incidence rate of hearing impairment in low and middle economies, these figures impose prompt action, and indicate a indicate a strong need to share knowledge and practices across territorial borders.
Awareness campaigns are therefore necessary, not only for spreading valuable information, but also to inspire and encourage people to get actively involved in promoting hearing health.
Cochlear is searching for the Happiest Sound in the World
The Happiest Sound in the World is a social media campaign that aims at raising worldwide awareness on hearing health. People from Sydney to Sao Paulo and London to Los Angeles are invited to share their #HappiestSound with the whole world. Participation is really simple and only takes a matter of minutes. Anyone can just share their happiest sound through video, audio, photograph or even write about it and then post it on social media using the hashtag #HappiestSound.
are invited to share the sounds that make them happiest by using the hashtag #happiestsound. The campaign runs through March 2, 2017, when the Happiest Sound in the World will be revealed.
(#happiestsound user posts from happiestsound.com)
Visit happiestsound.com to see all happiest sounds, get information about posting, and submit your contact details if you participate in the campaign.
Cochlear Europe Ltd invites all Cochlear™ Nucleus® and Cochlear™ Baha® implant recipients and their families to International Cochlear Implant Day and World Hearing Day, a free of charge event held at the Science Museum in London on February 25, 2017.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the latest innovations in hearing, meet other recipients, and interact with the Cochlear team. Access is also free for anyone who is considering a Cochlear or Baha implant.
November 9th is the first ever Microtia Awareness Day in the US, and is dedicated to spreading hope and knowledge concerning the congenital birth defect, which is named efter the Latin terms for little ears.
Approximately one out of every 8,000 babies are born with Microtia – a malformed outer ear – either on one or both sides. Children born with microtia will usually have a functioning inner ear, but as the outer and middle ear are affected, they will have conductive hearing loss. For children with microtia a conventional hearing aid is more than likely not an option, however they may benefit from a Baha solution that doesn’t require an outer ear to sit on and can bypass the problem and send sound directly to the inner ear.
The Ear Community Organization founded Microtia Awareness Day in 2016 and was submitted by the Tumblin family. Melissa Tumblin founded Ear Community in 2010 after stumbling through the hurdles and challenges of finding answers for her daughter when she was born with Microtia. Since then, Ear Community has brought over 6,500 people together from around the world at the organization’s events making it possible to share experiences and resources. The community is made up of not only children and adults with Microtia and their families, but teachers, advocates, and medical professionals from around the world who foster awareness and assistance for this amazing group of people. Board members either have the condition or a family member who does, so they have close personal experience with the obstacles from a myriad of perspectives. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved Microtia Awareness Day in October.
Mark the calendar for Microtia Awareness Day for November 9th and think of the number 9 as the shape of an ear!
Download the Atresia/Microtia folder here
Halloween is celebrated all over the world on 31 October. It’s thought to have originated with the medieval Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Halloween became a major holiday in North America in the 19th century, thanks to mass Irish and Scottish immigration.
Nowadays the focus is less scary and more fun for children. To avoid any mishaps, here are some tips to help your hard of hearing little ones have a safe and fun Halloween:
- Before purchasing a costume, double check that the mask, hat or other headgear fits comfortably and securely around your child’s Baha sound processor(s)
- Apply any makeup, hairspray or glitter before putting on your child’s sound processor
- Make sure the sound processor is functioning properly before you leave the house
- Attach the sound processor securely with the Baha Safety Line
- Pack a flashlight with fresh batteries, extra sound processor batteries, and a mobile phone for the outing
- Consider using the wireless Mini Microphone for extra safety
- Decorate costumes with reflective tape for trick-or-treating
- Guide young children from house to house always keeping at their side or holding their hands, particularly at crosswalks
- Instruct your kids not to eat any of the candy until they come home and have had the treats examined by an adult
- Have fun!
Friday October 21, 2016 is Loud Shirt Day – a major annual fundraiser when people are encouraged to wear their brightest and ‘LOUDEST’ clothes to help give the gift of sound and speech to hard-of-hearing and deaf children. Loud Shirt Day was created in South Australia 16 years ago and has now spread across Australia, New Zealand and more recently into the UK and North America.
Hearing loss is the most common congenital birth defect, with 3 out of every 1000 babies born diagnosed with a hearing impairment or deafness. Early intervention is vital and benefits children’s development in speech, language and psycho-social skills.
Everyone who wants to can get involved by making a donation to the Cora Barclay Centre and showing off their best loud outfits – the brighter and more outrageous the better.
“It’s a great excuse to wear your brightest clothes and raise some much needed money”, says Cora Barclay Centre Chief Executive Officer Michael Forwood. “Or just wear something extra loud on the day and encourage others to do the same. Whether you fancy stripes, florals, polka dots or Hawaiian shirts, as long as your outfit has colour and pizzazz, it will be perfect for Loud Shirt Day.”
The idea is to create awareness in a fun way.
And of course –
“DON’T forget to share photos of yourself with the hashtag #LoudShirtDay to let everyone know how easy and fun it is to be involved!” Mr Forwood emphasised.
Read more on the official site: Loud Shirt Day
The 2012 children’s novel Wonder is being adapted into a Hollywood movie starring Julia Roberts.
Wonder tells the story about a 10-year boy with Treacher Collins syndrome who starts school after being home-schooled for years. Jacob Trembley plays the boy, Auggie, who gets bullied because of his rare facial medical deformity. The film is scheduled for release in April, 2017.
Treacher Collins syndrome is a rare, genetic condition affecting the way the face develops — especially the cheekbones, jaws, ears and eyelids. These differences often cause problems with breathing, swallowing, chewing, hearing and speech.
How severe the syndrome is varies widely from child to child. Treacher Collins syndrome is present when a baby is born (congenital).
The syndrome occurs in about 1 in 50,000 newborns worldwide.
Blogger Eloise, herself a parent of a child with the syndrome, shares both her concerns and hopes for the film in this blog:
Ten things about parenting a child with Treacher Collins Syndrome
Read more: How children with Treacher Collins and hearing loss can benefit from a Baha solution