Thursday, June 20, 2013

Simple tips to prevent noise-induced hearing loss

Stephanie Allen, a hearing specialist at Loyola, talks about how more and more younger people are showing signs of hearing loss. Unfortunately, they have had their music cranked up for years. The effect is permanent hearing loss. 

To protect your hearing, have the volume at a comfortable level; if the person next to you can hear your music despite the ear buds, then it is too loud. Another tip is to take hearing breaks. Don't turn up the volume if there is a loud noise nearby. Instead, try getting some customized earplugs that fit on the ear buds. This will cut down on ambient noise.

Also, don't use earphones that can exceed 85 decibels. This way you won't be tempted to turn it up. This is very important for ear phones used by children.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call (708) 216-3821.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.