Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Center's Audiologist Dr. Frazier Discusses The Danger of Exceeding Sound Decibel Levels

Center Chief Audiologist, Dr. K.B. Frazier, recently talked with NPR's Kelly Moffitt about hearing loss and what can be done to restore it on the "St. Louis on the Air" show from St. Louis Public Radio:

With a new noise ordinance in Town and Country, what do different decibel levels do to our hearing?

A new noise ordinance in Town and Country prohibits continuous noise higher than 55 decibels from 10 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and higher than 65 decibels during other hours of the day.

But what do those decibel levels actually mean? And how is hearing impacted by such noise in our lives?

On Wednesday’s “St. Louis on the Air,” host Don Marsh heard from Town and Country’s Chief of Police Patrick Kranz about the reasoning behind the ordinance. Then, K.B. Frazier, a Doctor of Audiology and Chief Audiologist with the Center for Hearing and Speech, discussed what actually impacts our hearing, hearing loss and the increase in noise in our modern world.

There has been an increase in the noises that impact our hearing, Frazier said. “Mainly because we are inundated with sounds from MP3 players, speakers in our cars and being outside with all of the traffic, more people are driving, and just walking around listening to the noise on the street.”

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