May 27, 2022
(Rockville, MD) With the unofficial kickoff to summer occurring this Memorial Day Weekend, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is urging the public to remember to use hearing protection while enjoying all the season has to bring.
Attending concerts, fireworks displays, and sporting events; using garden or power tools while tending to lawns or woodworking; riding motorbikes or other loud vehicles; and cranking the volume on personal technology devices such as smartphones and tablets are just some of the ways that people expose themselves to loud noise [PDF]. Repeated exposure can ultimately result in what is called noise-induced hearing loss, which is irreversible. Such hearing loss can also result from one extremely loud experience, such as standing close to fireworks.
Following these simple steps, you can prevent noise-induced hearing loss:
“Most of us take our hearing for granted, but it’s something we should all actively safeguard,” said ASHA President Judy Rich, EdD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL. “Luckily, it’s not difficult to protect our hearing. These basic measures offered by ASHA are extremely effective—and they won’t take away any of the fun from our favorite summer activities and hobbies.”
Rich advises people to be vigilant to signs of damage. “One important point to keep in mind: If you find your ears ringing or pain continuing into the next day following a loud event, schedule an evaluation with an audiologist. It’s important to have any issue addressed early.”
Learn more about hearing protection, and find a certified audiologist in your area, at www.asha.org/public.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 223,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) identify, assess, and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders.