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A billion at risk for hearing loss from exposure to loud music

March 10, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

(CNN)“Hey dude — can you turn your music down?”

If anyone says this to you while you’re wearing your earbuds, take note: You are probably endangering your hearing.

More than one billion teens and young adults are at risk of losing their hearing, according to WHO (that’s the World Health Organization, not the rock band).

It’s not just old folks who suffer hearing loss. Just by listening to music at what you probably think is a normal level, or hanging out in loud bars, nightclubs and music and sporting events, you can permanently damage your hearing.

By analyzing listening habits of 12- to 35-year-olds in wealthier countries around the world, WHO found nearly 50% of those studied listen to unsafe sound levels on personal audio devices and about 40% are exposed to damaging levels of music and noise at entertainment venues.

It doesn’t take much time to damage your hearing at a sports bar or nightclub. According to the WHO, “exposure to noise levels of 100 dB, which is typical in such venues, is safe for no more than 15 minutes.”

HLAA Exhibitor: Clarity

June 30, 2011 in Education & Outreach

By Bonnie O’Leary  6/29/11

Gary Moore, who is the National Account Manager for Clarity, wanted me to let our readers know about two new lines of phones that have been recently released.  The first is the D7 line of cordless phones which give up to 40dB of amplification. One model comes with an answering machine.  Four handsets can also be added to the system around the house.  The D-724 which has a new feature enabling the user to insert  a photo in each of the 4 memory buttons and program the handset with the phone numbers to correspond to the photos. 

Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Clarity has a wide variety of assistive devices that include visual as well as auditory alert systems, telephone amplifiers, neckloops, TV listening systems and more.  ClarityLogic is a service that personalizes a phone uniquely for the customer.  When a user pressed the ClarityLogic button on the phone, a customer service representative is immediately on the line, knows which product the user has and can help make any adjustment the customer needs.  The two ClarityLogic enabled products are the XL40D Amplified Big Button Speakerphone, and the XL45 Amplified Caller ID Speakerphone.

If you want to learn more, you can contact Gary at gary.moore@plantronics.com or you can check out the website at www.clarityproducts.com.