Many headphones marketed towards children highlight their safe hearing levels. Volume controls limiting audio intensity - anything above 85 dB is “blocked off” - are built in to avoid prolonged exposure to dangerous levels of sound. But Noisyplanet.gov asks, “Do their safety claims hold up?”
You might not know about it, but hidden hearing loss is a crucial - and relatively recent - subject of study in audiology and healthcare circles.
“The more technical term for the condition is cochlear synaptopathy, and it is associated with difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments,” a recent ASHA article says. It’s termed “hidden” because standard tone audiometry doesn’t pick up its presence.
According to a recent ASHA blog, “approximately two-thirds of children get at least one middle ear infection (otitis media) by age 3.” And with ear infections, especially at a young age, hearing loss may not be so far behind.
June is Aphasia Awareness month, and we at REM want to do our part to help spread awareness.
Aphasia is a communication disorder stemming from damage to the part of the brain containing language. Those afflicted usually have difficulty with speech. Though aphasia does not directly affect one’s hearing, hearing loss in combination with aphasia can add to the “language deficits” that make comprehending speech in noise difficult.