What did you say? National Save Your Hearing Day is May 31! While we think of hearing loss as an issue usually associated with older generations, did you know that almost 1.5 billion Gen Z and Millennials are currently at risk for hearing loss? According to a recent study by BMJ Global Health, an estimated “0.67–1.35 billion adolescents and young adults worldwide could be at risk of hearing loss from exposure to unsafe listening practices.” From live concerts to listening to music at a high volume, younger generations are regularly experiencing noises well over the safe 85-decibel threshold. Consumers face hearing loss when operating in environments that exceed the CDC-recommended decibel threshold, and these high-risk environments and noises may surprise you. For example, power washers, leaf blowers, and other Spring cleaning tasks can warrant hearing protection.
So what is the solution? Noise-canceling headphones, whether over-ear or in-ear, don’t often have the capabilities or technology to effectively regulate volume and force users to choose between listening to their music and being able to hear their surroundings.
ISOtunes is proud to be an official partner of the Hearing Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to preventing and curing hearing loss through research, promoting hearing health, and offering practical tips to protect your ears from noise damage. The Hearing Health Foundation works to provide research-backed answers to essential questions about protecting and preserving your hearing.
Resources from the Hearing Health Foundation answer questions like:
- An annual hearing test is recommended if you’re exposed to hazardous noise regularly. If you aren’t around hazardous noise regularly, you only need a hearing test every three years.
- Hearing loss is an issue that can affect anyone of any age, at any point in their life. If left untreated, hearing loss can lead to heart and brain complications, mental health struggles, and a tremendous impact on everyday life. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is preventable, and with simple prevention steps, you can decrease your risk of hearing loss.
- Hearing loss can resonate in many different ways. For example, if you hear a constant ringing in your ears, can’t hear conversations over the phone, have trouble hearing in a noisy environment, or find yourself asking people to repeat themselves often, it might be time to get a hearing test. Answering these questions can help determine if you should see a healthcare professional.
Protecting your hearing doesn’t have to be a burden. Built with safety and functionality at the forefront, ISOtunes products make loud tasks such as lawn mowing enjoyable and safe, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, long-lasting battery life, and our patented SafeMax ™Technology to limit output volume to 85 decibels.
Happy hearing! For more information, check out our full lineup of hearing protection products.