I recently came across an article about an abandoned initiative by a company that wanted to sell to large internal medicine practices a portable hearing test machine. It was backed by audiologists as a front line defense against preventing increased hearing damage and just plain common sense preventative education. You guessed it, they met with opposition because of, use guessed it, cost. Now more than ever in our noisy world we need to stress early diagnosis to help people dodge the big "T" and hearing loss. How fortuitous it would have been for some of us if we had heard of t before the bullet struck. I am still dumbfounded that I can't find pamphlets about t while sitting in a primary care office or hearing aid store. Illness is an industry no matter how you slice and dice it.
You mention- I am still dumbfounded that I can't find pamphlets about t while sitting in a primary care office or hearing aid store. Illness is an industry no matter how you slice and dice it. If they actually looked at t and h that way- maybe they would get the word the out- Maybe if "they" saw the potential market for quality hearing protection, they would put out literature and information (maybe even ads?) and maybe even tell us what we could to avoid noise induced tinnitus, hyperacuisis or hearing loss in the first place.
I had made a comment a while ago saying that I found it difficult to get the message across to my own daughter when she went to an all day concert, about the effects etc of noise. She was living with me 24/7 struggling to deal with this and come to terms with it and still she found the whole idea that sounds could do damage a bit odd. Thankfully she was fine. But my point was that I think it would be a good idea to target schoolchildren BEFORE they get their IPODS and MP3 players etc There really needs to be so much more awareness for this very common and debilatating condition.
I agree with talking about kids about their iPods. My iPod has a volume lock that can be locked with a code.
I locked it after my T started. Wish I had done it before because around the time my T started I accidently blasted my ears with the headphones because I didn't know it was turned up all the way. Could be one reason why I have T, or why it got so bad in the beginning.
I would have thought that although a single BLAST from a loud Ipod would have been quite painful, I would think that damage in the ear is caused by prolonged noise exposure. I'm only guessing here Cherie as I am not medically qualified at all it's just my opinion. Dr Nagler I'm sure could answer this better. Hope you are feeling a bit better and your Baby is doing well. When do you move to Paris? Mandy
Yeah, It's more likely caused by the fire alarm (MUCH louder and longer) or stress, but the iPod incident just occured closer to the time i noticed the T, so it was something I had considered as a possible cause or factor. As for Paris, we packed up the first minivan load of stuff today to be taken by hubby tomorrow. Baby girl, the cat and I will meet him up there probably next weekend....so much to do!! I am glad for the distraction. But moving is stressfull (EVEN when it is moving OUT of your mother-in-laws house ha!) and I wish I didn't have T on top of it all (don't we all) I am happy to be moving to Paris, but feel like the T is taking my happiness. Sorry to hijack the thread with my own stuff.... back to topic now....
I think once you are settled in Paris and the stressfull move is behind you, you can start to really focus on getting on top of the T. You will hopefully find yourself distracted by stting up your new home and there will be times (hours) when you don't even notice it. This is the start of natural habituation and it's a very slow process with lots of ups and downs but it will happen. I am about 50% there after 7 months of T. Some days (depending on what I'm doing) I will go hours without noticing it at all. You will also get there as well. Best Wishes
In the 70's I was responsible for testing in excess of 100,000 people a year with 4 mobile test units in the lower 48 states and Canada. It was accompanied by education: trainning personel to test and follow up, and the fitting of ear plugs, All this was to preevent hearing loss under the 1970 OSHA law. And since noise accounts for at least 50% of tinnisis cases, we were helping to prevent tinnitus.
MAICO (Medical Audiological Instrument COmpany) has been producing audiometers since 1938, and are still in business. Other audiometer companies wee around before that. So the idea of machines to test hearing and prevent hearing loss (and thus tinnitus) has been around a long time, and has hardly been kept a secret. cb
you mentioned- In the 70's I was responsible for testing in excess of 100,000 people a year with 4 mobile test units in the lower 48 states and Canada. It was accompanied by education: trainning personel to test and follow up, and the fitting of ear plugs, All this was to preevent hearing loss under the 1970 OSHA law. And since noise accounts for at least 50% of tinnisis cases, we were helping to prevent tinnitus. First of all- thank you. Hopefully some of those people actually helped to inform their loved ones and friends about what they learned for you. I hope you did not take my last comment in this thread to mean I thought that nothing was done to educate people about hearing loss or tinnitus- it is just I do not think nearly enough is being done. And I think if the companies that make hearing protection (various types of earplugs and muffs etc.) saw the potential for profit (and went about things kind of like the way the pharmaceutical companies do with the ads they place on TV)- I think they could do a few things at one time- they could potentially educate the public, about noise induced hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis - and how to prevent it - (or keep it from getting worse) and the importance of using hearing protection when necessary- and also gain customers for their products at the same time.