If you know what “binge drinking” is, you might have a good idea what “binge listening” is. Just as some people stay sober all week and then drink to excess on weekends, binge listeners expose themselves to, for example, blaring nightclub music and bar noise on Friday and Saturday nights. Consequently, they often wake up on Sunday morning with loud buzzing sounds in their ears, which is a symptom of hearing damage sustained by prolonged exposure to loud noise. Everyone should take this as evidence that binge listening can lead to hearing loss at any age. The problem is that by the time binge listeners are aware of their permanent hearing loss, it is too late to save their hearing.
Repeated exposure to loud sounds over time increases the extent of hearing loss. By monitoring the loudness levels of what you listen to and for how long, you can significantly reduce the risks of acquiring a hearing loss. For more information, or to schedule an exam, please call us. We take pride in keeping up to date with the latest advancements in hearing technology. We carry the latest in Bluetooth, T.V., and cell phone technologies for hearing aids.
P.S. Binge listening and consequent hearing damage includes listening to loud music fed directly into the ears via the earbuds from smartphones, iPods, and MP3 players.