receivers have a low tone alarm instead of the high-pitched sound
used in most smoke alarms. This lower tone sound is also
effective for alerting hard to wake children and adults that have a
high tone hearing loss.
induced hearing loss is growing among baby boomers.
the more than 75 million Americans born between 1945 and 1964,
20.4% or 16 million suffer some degree of hearing loss.
The most noticeable segment of the
population to report difficulties in hearing,
sensitivity to loud sounds and/or an incessant
buzzing -- typical symptoms of hearing loss -- are
so-called "baby boomers" in their 50s, 60s
and 70s. It's
easy to understand why... They and other baby boomers, after
all, are the first generation to be born and raised on rock
music, gas-powered lawn mowers, traffic gridlock and other
everyday threats to our hearing.
article was originally published in the Hopkins Insider.
April 7, 1999 by John K. Niparko, M.D - Professor of
Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) and Director of
Otology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.