Complicating matters is the fact that most people don't notice hearing loss because it can be gradual and subtle , says Donald Henderson , co-director for the Center_for Hearing and Deafness at the State University of New_York at Buffalo
If you took a random selection of fourth graders and compared their hearing with college seniors , you'd find a difference , with the seniors having more hearing loss.But since hearing loss is such a slow process , if you asked those seniors if they have hearing loss , they'd probably say no , and even when the loss was more substantial in their 30s , they may not be aware of it , he
And , he
says they can't get it back..
In_addition to hearing loss , Henderson
says household noise causes stress-related health problems , including elevated blood pressure , fatigue , reduced sleep , increased frustration and anxiety levels and difficulty in concentrating.
To avoid such problems , ASHA recommends you :.
Keep your television , stereo and radio volume low.
...SOURCES : Interviews with Henry Ilecki , Ph.D. , director of audiology practice in industry and private practice , ASHA , Rockville , Md. ; Donald Henderson , Ph.D. , co-director , Center_for Hearing and Deafness , State University of New_York , Buffalo ; ASHA press_release