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Everything You Need to Know to Protect Your Hearing

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Did you know that 466 million people live with hearing loss worldwide?

That’s why we celebrate World Hearing Day on March 3, 2020. World Hearing Day is a time to raise awareness for hearing loss prevention and help provide solutions for people with hearing impairments.

In today’s loud world, noise-induced damage is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. But the good news is that this type of hearing loss is preventable! By taking steps to protect your hearing now, you can potentially avoid premature hearing loss.

Here’s everything you need to know to protect your hearing:

Limit Your Exposure to Loud Noise

Noisy bars, sporting events, or any environment over 60 decibels can cause damage to your ears that gradually adds up. As a general rule, if a place is so loud that you have to shout to have a conversation, it’s too loud.

The 60/60 Rule

Listening to music on your phone or mp3 player is a great way to pass the time. But if the volume is too loud, it can cause hearing loss. That’s why it’s important to follow the “60/60 Rule.” This means only listening to music at 60% volume for 60 minutes at a time.

Earplugs Are Simple, Cheap & Effective

When your environment is too loud, use earplugs. Earplugs are one of the simplest, yet most effective tools for protecting your hearing. Wearing earplugs can reduce loud ambient noise to safe levels. We recommend keeping a pair of earplugs in your bag or your car so you’ll always have a pair at the ready. Your ears will thank you.

Give Your Ears a Break

Another great way to prevent hearing loss is whenever you find yourself in a loud environment, such as a concert or a club, do your best to step outside and get away from the noise for a few minutes. This will give your ears a chance to rest and recover. It’s also a great idea to pick a “quiet day” each week, where you avoid loud music and noisy places.

Choose Noise-Cancelling Headphones & Listening Assistive Devices

Many people turn up the volume on their phones and mp3 players to dangerous levels because they can’t hear their music over the sounds around them. By using noise-cancelling devices, you can block the noise in your environment. This means you can enjoy your music at a safe, low volume.

Similarly, use assistive listening devices like AudioFetch whenever available. By taking advantage of wireless audio streaming solutions offered at sports bars, gyms, or other loud public places, you can help control the volume of your environment.

Get 25% Off in Honor of World Hearing Day

To celebrate this year’s World Hearing Day, which was on March 3rd, AudioFetch is offering 25% off* MSRP on all hearing assistive applications for the month of March 2020. Contact us today and mention “World Hearing Day” to take advantage of this special offer.

*Discount available from March 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. One discount per customer. Must contact AudioFetch to see if your application is eligible and mention World Hearing Day.

Top Reasons Why People Don’t Wear Hearing Aids [Infographic]

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80% of people between the ages of 55 and 74 who could benefit from hearing aids don’t wear them, according to a study published in the International Journal of Audiology.

The reasons for not wearing hearing aids are many–they’re uncomfortable or even painful, they’re too expensive, they no longer work like they did at first, they make them feel old or embarrassed. These are real and valid reasons, but the consequences of not using them are not just a few missed sentences here and there. It could result in a decline in cognitive function, further reduction of hearing ability, even increased risk of slips and falls.  

Check out the infographic below with important facts and stats about hearing aids, and alternative hearing assistive devices

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Celebrate World Hearing Day

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March 3, 2020 is World Hearing Day. World Hearing Day is about raising global awareness for the importance of hearing. This day encourages people to protect their hearing while spreading the word about new solutions for the hearing impaired.

Being able to hear is part of a healthy, happy life. World Hearing Day invites us to reach out to the deaf and hearing impaired members of our community.

Hearing For Life

For many people, hearing is something we take for granted. We may not realize how hearing enriches our daily lives and helps us with everything from work to family life. Often, people are also unaware of the causes of hearing loss and may not be taking the necessary steps to protect their hearing.

Protecting your hearing includes basic lifestyle changes, such as wearing earplugs in noisy environments, limiting your exposure to loud music and noises, and resting your ears after noise exposure. These small steps can go a long way to preserve the lifespan of your ears.

Hearing damage is usually permanent and irreversible. However, if you or someone you love is already experiencing hearing loss or impairment, it’s not too late to seek out treatment options and interventions like hearing aids and discreet assistive listening devices.

Hearing Brings Us Together

According to the World Health Organization, it’s estimated that 6.1% of the world’s population is living with some form of hearing loss. That’s 466 million people! Sadly, many of these individuals don’t have adequate access to hearing aids or other accessibility tools. This can be isolating and contribute to health problems.

But you can help! Along with educating your friends and family about ways to protect your hearing, you can encourage your local business and community spaces to install assistive listening devices.

Businesses like Club de Golf Mexico, Hummingbird Wine Bar, and teb Interiors Inc. use listening assistive devices from AudioFetch to make their spaces welcoming and accessible to people with hearing issues.

Celebrate with AudioFetch

We actually treat every day like World Hearing Day — but we’re still celebrating!

In honor of World Hearing Day, we’re offering 25% off* MSRP on all hearing assistive applications for the month of March 2020. To take advantage of this special offer, contact us today and mention “World Hearing Day.”

*Offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. One discount per customer. Must contact AudioFetch to see if your application is eligible.

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6 Ways to Protect Your Hearing [Infographic]

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Once your hearing is gone, there’s no getting it back. 

Damage to your hearing–whether due to prolonged exposure to loud noises, an infection or illness, or medications–is irreparable. While somethings can’t be prevented, like the normal hearing loss that occurs with age, there are plenty of things you can do to Listen Responsibly and prevent or reduce hearing loss.

As part of our Happy New Ear campaign, we created the infographic below with important tips on protecting your hearing today, tomorrow and every day!

We’re also offering 20% off all AudioFetch products for February 2020. Just enter code HAPPYNEWEAR20 at checkout when purchasing a FetchExpress portable PA system online, or ask for the discount when speaking with us.*

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Top 4 Questions About Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss affects 48 million people in the United States, with 14% of adults ages 45 to 64 experiencing some type of hearing impairment. Whether mild or severe, untreated hearing loss can be difficult. It can lead to social isolation and even contribute to health problems.

The good news is that there are many types of hearing assistance, from hearing aids to listening assistance devices. These accessibility tools can help people with hearing loss experience a full life. But before seeking treatment for hearing loss, it’s important to educate yourself.

If you or someone you love is experiencing hearing issues, we’ve got answers to some common questions for you.

1. What Causes Hearing Loss?

There are multiple causes of hearing loss, as well as different types of hearing loss and different levels of severity. Each case is unique. However, the most common causes of hearing loss are aging, damage caused by exposure to loud noises, injury, and illness.

2. How Often Should You Get Your Hearing Tested?

Often, hearing loss happens so slowly that people don’t notice they have a problem until it’s very severe and more difficult to treat. For adults, experts recommend a hearing test every three to five years, or whenever you have an annual physical checkup.

3. When Do You Need Hearing Aids?

Every person is different. However, hearing aids are recommended as soon as hearing loss begins to negatively impact someone’s day-to-day life. For example, if you regularly experience difficulty hearing conversations at normal volume, it may be time for hearing aids.

4. Besides Hearing Aids, Are There Other Options for Hearing Loss?

In addition to hearing aids, people who suffer from hearing loss can improve their lives with listening assistive devices such as AudioFetch products. These technological tools offer powerful hearing assistance for impaired individuals, especially in public spaces such as houses of worship, community centers, lecture halls, stadiums and arenas, theaters, and sports bars.

Treat Hearing Loss for a Healthier, Happier Life

At AudioFetch, we believe it’s important to spread the word about hearing problems — and hearing solutions. That’s why we’ve launched our Happy New Ear campaign to offer 20% off all AudioFetch products in February 2020.

Use code HAPPYNEWEAR20 at checkout when purchasing a FetchExpress online, or ask for the discount when speaking with us (offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts).

If you’d like to learn more about how AudioFetch can help you or your customers hear better, contact us today.

Protect Your Hearing for a Healthier Brain

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There are many reasons to protect your hearing. By taking steps to avoid hearing loss, you can remain engaged in your community and continue living life to the fullest as you age. But did you know that protecting your hearing also leads to a healthier brain?

According to a recent Lancet study cited by the The New York Times, untreated hearing loss is the largest preventable risk factor for developing dementia. Protecting your hearing — or treating your hearing loss, if you already have it — can reduce incidences of dementia by 9%.

That’s higher than other common risk factors for dementia, like smoking and high blood pressure. So how exactly does hearing loss affect your brain as you age?

How Hearing Loss Affects Your Brain

Researchers believe that untreated hearing loss can contribute to dementia for several reasons.

First, untreated hearing loss causes the brain to work much harder to process sound. In other words, the brain becomes fatigued. It can’t perform other cognitive functions at the same level it used to.

Additionally, untreated hearing loss can negatively impact memory. When someone can’t hear clearly, it’s more difficult for them to retain new information. This leads to an under-stimulated memory, which can then “atrophy.”

Finally, untreated hearing loss often leads to social isolation. As people age, a sense of community is very important to overall health and well-being. Community helps people stay active, both physically and mentally.

Let AudioFetch Help You Hear Clearly

At AudioFetch, we’re devoted to helping people with hearing loss or impairment stay connected with the world around them. To help improve your brain health as you age, avoid hearing loss by using hearing protection and AudioFetch assistive listening devices to promote clear sound in your community.

As part of our Happy New Ear campaign, we’re offering 20% off all AudioFetch products for February 2020. Just enter code HAPPYNEWEAR20 at checkout when purchasing a FetchExpress online, or ask for the discount when speaking with us (offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts).

If you’d like to learn more about how AudioFetch can help you or your customers hear better, contact us today.

4 Surprising Causes of Hearing Loss

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Happy New Ear from AudioFetch! Have you started on your New Year’s resolutions? It’s not too late to make healthy hearing one of your goals. With a few simple lifestyle changes, you can protect your hearing in 2020 and beyond.

At AudioFetch, we’re passionate about providing solutions for people with hearing loss or damage. Like AudioFetch customer The Fort Mason Cowell Theatre, we’re dedicated to making the world more accessible for everyone. Our Happy New Ear campaign is all about healthy hearing education. After all, the best solution for hearing loss is prevention.

Protecting your ears starts by understanding the causes of hearing loss. Although some amount of hearing loss occurs naturally with age, many other causes of hearing loss are actually preventable.

Here are four surprising causes of hearing loss:

1. Loud Noise at Work

According to WebMD, 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise at work. Loud machinery, vehicles, and the general noise of factory settings or construction sites can lead to premature hearing loss.

To protect your hearing on the job, wear earplugs or earmuffs and take regular breaks away from the noise.

2. Pressure Changes

Anyone who has ever been on an airplane or driven up a mountain road knows that feeling when your ears need to pop. This sensation is caused by sudden changes in air pressure.

Overtime, this mild discomfort can actually damage your eardrum, inner ear, or middle ear, and result in permanent hearing damage. Frequent flying and scuba diving are common culprits. Use special anti-pressure hearing devices, like EarPlanes, for relief and protection.

3. Explosive Sounds

Exposure to sounds like gunfire, fireworks, and other explosions can cause a type of noise-induced hearing loss known as acoustic trauma.

When acoustic trauma occurs, the tiny hairs on the inner ear — which transmit sound vibrations to your audio nerves — become damaged. This causes hearing loss. Although you can’t always predict and avoid explosive noises, minimize your exposure to these sounds and always use hearing protection.

4. Certain Medications

Finally, certain medications have been known to cause hearing loss. This includes over-the-counter products like aspirin and NSAIDs (naproxen and ibuprofen), as well as prescription medications like blood pressure and chemotherapy drugs.

If you’re taking medication regularly, talk to your doctor about the potential risk of hearing damage. He or she can advise you and adjust your prescription if needed.

Happy New Ear from AudioFetch

To wish you a Happy New Ear, we’re offering 20% off all AudioFetch products for January and February 2020. Just enter code HAPPYNEWEAR20 at checkout (offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts).

With an AudioFetch assistive listening device, communities like the Belvedere Tennis Club create a truly welcoming space for anyone with hearing issues.

To learn more about how AudioFetch can help you or your customers hear more in 2020, contact us today!

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Facts About Hearing Loss [Infographic]

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More than 466 million people worldwide suffer from some type of hearing loss according to the World Health Organization.

Over the next 30 years, that number is expected to nearly double thanks to louder and louder environments, age-related hearing loss, ear and other infections, and the use of ototoxic medicines, which adversely impact the way the inner ear functions.

Check out the infographic below with important facts and stats about hearing loss–how many people worldwide and in the US are affected, which communities are at a higher risk, and growth predictions for the decades ahead.

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Happy New Ear from AudioFetch

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What’s your New Year’s Resolution? At AudioFetch, we’re dedicating 2020 to healthy hearing, so we want to wish you all a Happy New Ear!

According to the World Health Organization, there are over 466 million people worldwide who experience some type of hearing loss or damage. Over the next 30 years, that number is expected to grow to over 900 million.

AudioFetch is dedicated to helping people hear better and creating a more accessible world for people with impaired hearing. With our Happy New Ear campaign, we’re spreading the word about hearing loss and how you can protect your ears — for this year and each new year to come.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Today, noise damage is one of the leading causes of hearing loss. Unlike hearing loss that comes naturally from old age, noise-induced hearing loss can strike at any age.

That’s because our world has become louder than ever. Loud restaurants, bars, concerts, movies, and constant headphone use cause severe damage to our ears over time.

Even if you don’t feel pain or experience ringing in your ears, prolonged exposure to noise levels at or above 85 decibels can cause premature hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Prevention

To prevent hearing loss, limit your exposure to noisy environments. As a general rule of thumb, if you have to shout to be heard, it’s too loud. Use earplugs and take “quiet breaks” by stepping into another room or going outside.

You can also preserve your ears’ health by monitoring your headphone use. When you’re using headphones or earbuds, keep the volume low enough that you can still hear the environment around you and don’t listen for more than an hour at a time.

Protect Your Hearing for a Happy New Ear in 2020

As you set new goals for 2020, plan on becoming more mindful of your hearing. After all, you only get one pair of ears! By taking steps to protect your hearing now, you’ll be able to enjoy clear sound and vibrant music for years to come.

To give your community a Happy New Ear, get 20% off all AudioFetch products for January and February 2020. Just enter code HAPPYNEWEAR20 at checkout (offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts).

If you’d like to learn more about how AudioFetch can help you or your customers hear more in 2020, contact us!