Friday, March 27, 2015
Fox News Interviews Dr. Frazier On WHO Hearing Report
The World Health Organization (WHO) released its “Deafness and Hearing Loss” report in an effort to sound the alarm on recreational noise-induced hearing loss on Tuesday, March 3, International Ear Care Day.
Dr. Rebecca Frazier, Center Chief Audiologist, talked to Margie Ellisor, local Fox News Channel 2 reporter, regarding the WHO report.
Dr. Frazier said the report is raising awareness that one billion young people across the globe are potentially at risk of hearing loss due to "unsafe listening practices."
In its "Make Listening Safe" account, the United Nations agency detailed hearing-damaging practices popular with young people, such as attending loud concerts or cranking up the volume on personal listening devices. In middle- and high-income countries, nearly 50 percent of teens and young adults are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from such devices. From 1990 to 2005, the number of people listening to music through headphones increased by 75 percent according to the report's analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
"Exposure to loud sounds for any length of time causes fatigue of the ear's sensory cells," Dr. Frazier explained. "When the exposure is particularly loud, regular or prolonged, it can cause permanent damage of the sensory cells and other structures, resulting in irreversible hearing loss."
The good news, she said, is that half of all cases of hearing loss are avoidable through primary prevention.
“Devices such as music players should not be listened to for prolonged periods of time,” Dr. Frazier advises. “I recommend teens and young adults reduce their daily use of personal audio devices to less than an hour and take short listening breaks.”
Dr. Frazier also suggests that young people should reduce music volume and use noise-cancelling headphones. Concert-goers can protect their hearing with earplugs and move away from loud speakers. After listening to loud music, Dr. Frazier says give your ears at least 10 hours’ rest and have your hearing checked regularly by a hearing care professional or specialist physician.
If you experience symptoms such as a feeling of pressure in the ear, a dull hearing sensation or persistent sounds in the ear, Dr. Frazier recommends resting your hearing, drinking lots of fluids and consulting an ears, nose and throat (ENT) specialist as soon as possible.
If you think you or someone you know has a hearing loss, call the Center for Hearing & Speech for an evaluation at (314) 968-4710, or visit our website at hearing-speechstlouis.org.
The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that in 2013 donated $1.75 million in speech-language, school screening and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities.
It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH Award. The award is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.