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SOURCE Salus University George S. Osborne College of Audiology
Salus University College of Audiology Offers Fan-friendly Advice as Eagles-Saints Clash Nears
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This NFL season has seen unprecedented competition among fan bases vying for the crown of loudest stadium venue. Dr. Victor H. Bray, Dean of the Salus University George S. Osborne College of Audiology, and his colleagues, are concerned about potential hearing damage amid the increasingly deafening drumbeat to rock the house on the road to the Super Bowl. "The decibel levels at most football stadiums are beginning to resemble NASCAR races, so it makes good sense for fans to bring and use hearing protection. As a general rule, if a fan has to shout to be heard by the person next to them, that's a sure sign that it's loud enough to warrant the use of earplugs or headphones," he suggests. "Use of foam earplugs, especially early in life, is easy and relatively inexpensive compared to the reliance on hearing aids later in life." Dr. Bray, whose colleague Dr. Thomas Thunder, concentrates his clinical practice on hearing-related occupational health and safety, reminds that hearing loss associated with loud-sound environments is usually easily preventable by taking precautions. However, once it occurs, hearing loss is also irreversible. Dr. Thunder adds, "Unfortunately, hearing damage typically occurs without pain and we are not aware of the overexposure until it is too late."
PRE-GAME TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HEARING
PROVIDED BY SALUS UNIVERSITY GEORGE S. OSBORNE COLLEGE OF AUDIOLOGY
While prevention is the best cure when it comes to hearing health, it is also important to be aware of the signs of possible hearing damage.
It is strongly recommended that you promptly seek professional care if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Dr. Bray, whose office is on Salus' main campus in Elkins Park just outside Philadelphia, and Dr. Thunder, based in Palatine, Illinois, are available (in person or via teleconference/online/satellite) to discuss hearing safety, including precautionary measures for fans and workers – including players - in indoor and outdoor venues.
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