Many of you have probably noticed the crazy green haired mannequin in my waiting room. Let me introduce you to Farmer Lobe
Farmer Lobe is designed to be an attention grabbing, human-like sound measuring device for music devices that utilize ear buds or headphones. The point is to draw people’s attention to him and allow us to measure the sound levels that they choose to listen to their music at. With that information we are able to educate and gain interest in hearing health conservation.
Many people believe that we lose our hearing because of the natural aging process. In reality, we lose most of our hearing because of all of the abuse that we put our ears throughout our lifespan. Loud concerts, standing on the street corner of a busy intersection, guns, recreational vehicles, farm equipment, lawn mowers, vacuums, and even blow dryers can be excessively loud and contribute to damaging your hearing abilities. We live in a noisy world!
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people – or one in every ten people – will have disabling hearing loss. Excessive noise exposure is one of the primary reasons that more and more people are suffering from hearing loss. WHO also reports that 20% of teens between the ages of 12-19 have reported hearing loss and or tinnitus due to recreational loud noise.
At McArthur Audiology, we not only diagnose and treat hearing loss and hearing disorders; we also specialize and educate families about PREVENTING hearing loss. There are custom earplugs made especially for each unique ear. Some have filters to allow you to hear speech or music but at a reduced volume so as it does not damage your ear. Ear muffs, foam plugs, flange plugs, and gel plugs may also be adequate for your unique listening needs.
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