With so many concerts and festivals across Texas canceled, the sounds of summer are much quieter this year.
While this might leave some folks singing the summertime blues, it’s important to think about the long-term effects loud noise exposure has on our ears.
Singer Huey Lewis (Huey Lewis and the News) can testify to this.
After having a hearing loss in his right ear for several decades, his hearing challenges intensified in 2018 following a Meniere’s disease diagnosis in his “good” left ear.
The additional symptoms, which include hearing loss, vertigo, and tinnitus, forced the band to cancel their tour and reassess their position in the music industry.
Huey Lewis isn’t the only famous face to speak publicly about hearing loss either.
Actress Whoopi Goldberg, of The View and Sister Act fame, also has a hearing loss and wears hearing aids in both ears.
In 2011, she announced her hearing loss following an awards event, attributing it to listening to music through headphones at high volumes for many years.
Since then, she’s used her experience as a platform to encourage children to be mindful of the volume when listening to music on their favorite devices.
As more celebrities come forward with their personal hearing loss stories, the stigma associated with hearing loss is quickly fading.
People are finding it easier to discuss their hearing loss and seek support, now that the subject is no longer taboo.
So, How Can I Help?
Celebrity testimonials can inspire millions. But raising community awareness through its residents is even more powerful.
One of the main issues recently has been a rise in younger folks with a hearing loss, where once it was more predominant among those who’d live long, joy-filled lives.
If you’ve experienced a hearing loss, you’d be surprised at the difference your advice can make to someone who has a concern.
Honestly, your words of wisdom will be music to the ears of someone who’s been suffering for years without knowing how to address their symptoms.
Once they’re ready, tell them to give the team at Big Thicket a call. Specialists at the center will be able to run a comprehensive evaluation to help them on their journey to better hearing.
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