MY HEARING LOSS:
So why, you ask, is protecting your hearing so important to me? The answer is simple. I have personally experienced noise induced hearing loss. A few years ago, I attended a concert (a Jonas Brothers concert, for those of you wondering.) The music seemed loud but nothing out of the ordinary for a concert. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the concert, unaware of my risk of developing a noise induced hearing loss. As I exited the arena and the sound of shrieking girls and loud music began to die down I noticed a strange ringing in my ears. The voices of people around me sounded muffled, distorted and unclear. The next morning, I had a hearing test and was told, to my bewilderment, that I had a noise induced hearing loss. I was told that there was a possibility that my hearing would never be restored. Luckily, after about 10 long and scary days, I regained my hearing.
I decided to start “Keep It Hear” to educate teenagers of the dangers of noise induced hearing loss before they experience it and they, themselves, are faced with the scary possibility of never regaining their hearing. This mission has become increasingly more important as technology is improving and loud noises are becoming crisper, cleaner and more common in our everyday lives. My goal, as founder of “Keep It Hear”, is to bring awareness of noise induced hearing loss to teenagers and to teach them that, with the proper safety precautions, you can listen to your iPod and enjoy music concerts without posing a risk to your hearing.
Founder of "Keep It Hear"
My audiogram from my hearing test after the concert showing a moderately severe noise induced hearing loss.
An audiogram showing normal hearing levels.