Changing The World One Sound At A Time
At Live Positively Collective we are all about making a difference in communities around the world. From setting up successful green recycling stations in third world countries, to providing aid to those victims of natural disasters and tragic events. In this post we want to feature a company in Oklahoma that has gone out of their way to help children that have displaced or injured by war.
Noised Induced Hearing Loss
In countries that experience constant bombing and gun fire, hearing loss is a problem amongst members of those communities. Explosions, short bursts of gunfire, and long lasting gun battles can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause long lasting hearing problems. NIHL or Noised Induced Hearing Loss is often times caused by exposure to an intense “impulse” sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time, such as noise generated in a woodworking shop – the negative impact this has on hearing can be caused by a single exposure to the sound or long term exposure.
Decibels are a unit of measure used for sound. Sounds of less than 75 decibels, even after long exposure, are unlikely to cause hearing loss. However, long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the amount of time it takes for NIHL to become present. You can reference a decibel chart to better understand which every day noises in our communities and impact your hearing.
Oklahoma Hearing Center To The Rescue
While we try to provide aid to these war torn countries with resources raised by community events, there is often times aid needed that can’t be provided by community members. Things like eye care, ear care, and medical treatment that need to be diagnosed and administered by a healthcare professional require volunteer work from licensed practitioners. We reached out to a hearing aid center in the Oklahoma City metro area that has volunteered their efforts to help us bring hearing back to those that have been impaired by NIHL.
Making A Difference
With the help of our communities, and the services offered by the medical practitioners in our area we can continue to make a difference for children around the world that need our humanitarian aid to combat the tragedies of war.