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The Truth About Hearing Loss

The Truth About Hearing Loss

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This infographic starts off sparse on the information but flows into an unexpected amount of information about hearing loss.

After the Ear

Get it, instead of “after the jump?”  After the big ear graphic, we learn the following:

  • 1 in 10 adults suffer with mild tinnitus, while 1 in 100 notice a big impact on their life.
  • 4 million people in the the UK suffer with undiagnosed hearing loss.
  • Past the age of 40, more men than women will develop hearing loss.
  • 2 million people in the UK currently ear a hearing aid.

The Warning Signs

  • A TV that’s turned up way loud
  • Struggling to follow conversations
  • Becoming withdrawn or isolated
  • Difficulty hearing in background sound
  • Upset when confronted about hearing problems
  • Turn head so ear faces the sound while listening

Stigmas

  • It only happens to old people.  It can happen to anyone, any time.
  • Hearing aids are unsightly.  Modern hearing aids are stylish and almost invisible.
  • Nothing can be done to help.  Deterioration can be prevented.

Tests

Your hearing helps keep you safe – whether it helps you hear a smoke alarm or oncoming traffic.  When you can’t hear, it’s harder to interact with your family, and you miss out on pertinent information.

Professional tests are free, online tests paint a false picture, and it’s best to consult a trained audiologist when it comes to your hearing.

Scorecard

Design:  B+

Striking, visually, and nice use of red and white.

Information:  B-

It would have been nice if they had specified whether the information about testing is true for just the UK (the part about professional tests being free) or in other countries as well.

Source:  Amplifon presents The Sound of Silence by Amplifon

Treating Hearing Loss with Stem Cells

Treating Hearing Loss with Stem Cells

Stem Cell Hearing Loss

This infographic informs us that the Cord Blood Registry and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston have partnered to form a trial that will infuse children with hearing loss with their own cord blood stem cells to try to treat the hearing problem.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be caused by chemical exposure, infections like the measles and meningitis, and by head injuries.

Impact of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can impact a child’s learning abilities, their social development, and their speech and language acquisition.

How it Works

There are thousands of children in the United States with acquired hearing loss.  The damage occurs inside the Cochlea, where damaged cells in the inner ear cause the hearing loss.  An infusion of the cord blood stem cells into the Cochlea could repair the damaged cells and improve hearing.  That is what the trial is testing.

Scorecard

Design:  A+

This is a beautifully designed, easy-to-understand infographic.

Information:  B

More information, like the amount of children participating in the trial, etc. would be nice to know.

Source:  Hearing Loss Stem Cell Treatment Infographic

Noise Level Statistics – How Loud is Too Loud Infographic

Noise Level Statistics – How Loud is Too Loud Infographic

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An interesting infographic displaying some good statistics on noise levels while trying to answer the question of “when is loud too loud?” Reminds me when I went to a Def Leppard concert a few years ago. I saw all the employees wearing ear protection even though they weren’t all near the stage. I hadn’t brought any ear plugs, but my wife, who carries all kinds of helpful things in her purse, had brought a pair for both of us. I was skeptical at first, but during the intermission I noticed my unprotected ears were ringing and sounds were muffled. So I used the ear plugs for the second half of the show and heard everything just fine and when we left the concert I noticed their wasn’t any ringing in my ears and I could hear just fine. If only I could have avoided the beer from the  gyrating lady in front me, but I digress…

This infographic tries to educate on many topics relating noise and sound levels that may be too loud. And it does a decent job giving you a quick overview of hearing related facts as you read vertically through the information given. Some good questions include, how much exposure to the loudest sounds is required before hearing loss occurs? It seems about 15 minutes at 100 dB will do the trick. And most rock concerts are above 100 dB and last for over an hour; so now you know why hearing protection is so important when “rockin’ out.” I got a chuckle out of the notion that a blue whale comes in at 180 dB which is a little less loud than a volcano eruption. It certainly “sounds” hard to believe.

Other cool facts such as: snakes listen through their jawbone, sounds travel at 770 miles per hour and smokers are more 2x more likely to lose their hearing, make this infographic a treat for the mind as well as a cautionary tale for your ears.

The design is strong for the most part, although the red type with a drop shadow and an inner glow is a tad overdone. Red type on a blue background isn’t the best choice for readability. But the icons are holistically similar and keep go well together. The ripple effect in the background is a nice touch to accent hearing angle of the infographic. Focusing so much attention on the dB image is puzzling, but my qualms are small. The graphics are interesting and the type is easy to read. The white outlines on the smaller text could have been reduced but readability is high and that is important with so much good content. I’m glad to see an infographic that does so well on both sides, design and information.

Some noises are obviously too loud and can cause irreparable hearing damage but this infographic was music to my eyes.

Design: B+
Good work including a lot of information and imagery. Everything worked well together. Some type issues that were easy to overlook.

Information: A
I learned a little about noise levels and read the entire infographic without losing interest. Good facts that were chosen with care.

via Sonci Electronix, suppliers of DJ equipment and car stereos, but keep the volume down.

Hearing Loss Statistics Infographic | Hearing Loss Facts

Hearing Loss Statistics Infographic | Hearing Loss Facts

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Here we have a graphic that brilliantly displays the effects of hearing loss and how to cope with it. The graphic points out that the four main ways people lose their ears are through listening to loud music, spending too much time in an industrial work place with power drills and the like, being exposed to the sounds of a racetrack, and being exposed to the sounds of guns firing for long periods of time. So, how do you know if your ears are being damaged? Well, if someone is standing three feet away from you, but you cannot hear the words coming out of their mouth, then odds are that you are probably in a situation where the noise level is dangerous.

And if you are in a situation like this, you should probably extricate yourself immediately because, as the graphic reveals, once your inner ear hair cells are gone, they don’t come back. We have 15,000 hair cells, but they can deteriorate rapidly if people consistently place themselves in situations where hazardous noise is present. Over 50 million Americans suffer from a disease called Tinnitus, which is a non-stop ringing in the ears that results from prolonged exposure to loud sounds.

The right bar of the graphic discusses how to protect your ears. Earplugs and earmuffs are the most common solutions. Let’s get to the grading segment now.

Design: A

This graphic is a feast for the eyes. Great use of colors and an interesting artistic choice to put an ear in the center of the graphic and have the facts about decimal levels spring from that centerpiece.

Content: A

Useful Hearing Loss facts abound.  The content is also well-organized and flows well while providing many statistics about Hearing Loss.

Infographic Design by Big Oak for The Ear Plug Superstore & Audilio.com

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