Have you heard these three es­sen­tial mid-sum­mer tips?

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From im­prov­ing your golf swing to main­tain­ing your power tools to keep­ing the con­cert cal­en­dar full, our com­mu­nity is bask­ing in the sights, sun, and sounds of sum­mer.

“To get the most out of the sea­son, it’s im­por­tant to make sure you’re hear­ing your best and pro­tect­ing your hear­ing from harm­ful noise,” ad­vises Dr. Hope Rowe of Blue Wave Hear­ing in Ben­tonville.

Dr. Rowe of­fers three quick tips on mak­ing last­ing sum­mer mem­o­ries by get­ting your hear­ing health in shape this time of year:

• Keep ad­e­quate hear­ing pro­tec­tion handy. More than 31 mil­lion Amer­i­cans ages 6 to 69 have noise-re­lated hear­ing loss, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. That out­door mu­sic fes­ti­val might rock, but wear­ing earplugs to soften the loud­est sounds could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween healthy hear­ing and per­ma­nent hear­ing loss.

• Know the signs of hear­ing loss. Does ev­ery­one seem to mum­ble? Do you ask oth­ers to re­peat them­selves? Are you hav­ing ring­ing in your ears? Does it seem hard to hear con­ver­sa­tions amid back­ground noise? It’s not in your head. It’s po­ten­tial hear­ing loss, and rec­og­niz­ing the signs marks the first step to­ward bet­ter hear­ing for your­self or a loved one.

• Get help for hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. Nearly all hear­ing loss is treat­able, but only 30 percent of adults 70 and older who could ben­e­fit from hear­ing aids — and an even smaller per­cent­age of peo­ple ages 20 to 69 — ever use them, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tute on Deaf­ness and Other Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Dis­or­ders. Ef­fec­tive help starts with a hear­ing exam to de­ter­mine the na­ture of your hear­ing dif­fi­culty and the best so­lu­tion for your in­di­vid­ual needs.

“Hear­ing and sum­mer­time have some im­por­tant things in com­mon: They both bring joy and help you cre­ate some of the best mem­o­ries,” says Dr. Rowe. “Op­ti­miz­ing your hear­ing health goes a long way in start­ing the sea­son off right.”

If you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hear­ing prob­lems or need hear­ing pro­tec­tion made es­pe­cially for your ears, see Dr. Hope Rowe at Blue Wave Hear­ing Cen­ters. We are a full-ser­vice au­di­ol­ogy prac­tice that has proudly served the North­west Arkansas com­mu­nity hear bet­ter since 1999. With lo­ca­tions in Ben­tonville and Bella Vista our clinic has helped thou­sands of pa­tients with their hear­ing, tin­ni­tus, and bal­ance dis­or­ders, and of­fers state-of-the-art di­ag­nos­tic test­ing and ex­pert fit­ting of hear­ing tech­nol­ogy. Learn more at BlueWaveHear­ing.com.

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