Hearing Loss Among Our Teens

It’s a simple statement to say that we live in a much louder world today, but with that come consequences that aren’t so simple. Hearing loss is affecting every generation, in fact, 1 in 5 Americans has hearing loss.

But did you know that 1 in 8 children and teens has permanent hearing loss due to high-volume sounds? Did you know that teen hearing loss has increased 30% in the last decade alone? According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 12.5 percent of kids between the ages of 6 and 19 suffer from loss of hearing as a result of using ear phones/buds turned to a high volume setting.

The high cost of technology. Portable music players have been around for decades, but the technology in MP3 players allows users to listen longer because music is so accessibly stored on their device and the ear buds deliver sound directly into the ear canal, eliminating other sounds.

Hearing loss can result from damage to structures and/or nerve fibers in the inner ear that respond to sound. This type of hearing loss, termed “noise-induced hearing loss,” is usually caused by exposure to excessively loud sounds and cannot be medically or surgically corrected. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can result from a one-time exposure to a very loud sound, blast, or impulse, or from listening to loud sounds over an extended period.

A half hour is all it takes … yet hearing loss lasts forever.  NIHL can be caused by prolonged exposure to over 85 dB; in just a half an hour of loud sounds can start to damage a person’s ears. When a teen listens to their MP3 player at 70% of its maximum volume, it is about 85dB!

What can be done?  Teach the teens in your life about hearing loss. Give them guidelines – no more than 60 percent of maximum volume for no more than an hour. Headphones are safer than ear buds. When mowing the lawn, use ear protection and when at concerts or a loud sporting event, make putting in foam ear plugs a popular trend. If you experience hearing loss, share your story with them…let them know what it is like to live with hearing loss.

Click here to watch a short video from Starkey Hearing Foundation and their Listen Carefully Campaign.

NIHL information gathered from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

The New Hearing Loss Epidemic from the War on Terror

Did you know? Hearing damage is the No. 1 disability among our military veterans returning home in the fight against terror in Iraq and Afganistan, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs¹.   It is estimated that auditory injury is rising 13 to 18 percent annually with 60% of returning service members experiencing hearing loss or tinnitus or both. The number is staggering…more than 1.5 million veterans are experiencing hearing loss in 2014 alone².

Auditory injuries can occur during a one-time exposure to high-
intensity noise such as small-arms fire, improvised explosive devices, or artillery fire.  However, hearing loss for service members can also
result over long periods of exposure to loud ambient noise for 12-plus hours of work on a ship or aircraft.

Veterans Hearing Loss Epidemic

We understand that there are many hurdles our men and women face when returning from a war-torn country. Hearing loss should not be one of them.  We have a solution that will improve the quality of life for our military heroes.

Breaking the Sound Barrier for our Military Veterans

InnoCaption allows our veterans with hearing loss to communicate by making it possible to make calls just like anybody else.  InnoCaption provides instantaneous captioning which allows them to have an immediate response to the other person and with the same ease and convenience as before hearing loss.

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Breaking the Sound Barrier

InnoCaption is revolutionizing how the deaf and hard of hearing communicate by making it possible to use the smartphone as it was intended – accessible, convenient, and mobile. Read more…

InnoCaption is revolutionizing how the deaf and hard of hearing communicate by making it possible to use the smartphone as it was intended – accessible, convenient, and mobile. Through the use of our patented technology in conjunction with live stenographers,
InnoCaption provides fast, easy, and accurate captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing who want to use their own voice to talk, but need assistance hearing the other party.

With InnoCaption those with hearing loss are able to make a call just like anybody else!

Innovative captioning for the smartphone

InnoCaption has created a streamlined process so that InnoCaption subscribers are directly connected to communication assistants with no need to login. It allows subscribers to make and receive any mobile call the same (functionally equivalent) as any hearing person.
InnoCaption is free and functions with virtually any smartphone that utilizes Android or iPhone operating systems and is available on virtually any network provider you choose!

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What Makes InnoCaption Different?

InnoCaption has developed a product that we believe is revolutionizing the way those with hearing loss communicate. It is technology that allows you to use the smartphone the way it was intended: to be accessible, convenient and mobile! Simply put, InnoCaption provides innovative captioning for your smartphone that is fast, easy and accurate!

The InnoCaption Difference

Our patented technology provides seamless inbound calling with unprecedented speed and functionality. InnoCaption’s streamlined process directly connects you to communication assistants with no need to ever login again!

InnoCaption is the ONLY mobile phone app provider that uses live stenographers for captioning. The result is instantaneous captioning delivered with greater than 95% accuracy.

With InnoCaption you have the ability to make any phone call whether it is to a business associate, family member, or to an automated or interactive voice response system. InnoCaption also provides peace of mind by supporting 911 calling.

InnoCaption Voicemail allows the user to receive voicemail alerts and captioned messages.  Never miss a phone call again!

Cell Phone Technology

Now that you have InnoCaption and have the ability to make and receive calls regularly, it may be helpful to understand a little bit of the technology behind making cell phone calls.

Understanding Dropped Calls

In telecommunications a ‘dropped call’ occurs when a phone call is terminated before either party intended it to be terminated. Mobile phone network carriers measure this using an acronym called the ‘Dropped Call Rate’ or DCR. The DCR is measured as the percentage of calls which are dropped. This rate varies by carrier, with the number ranging from 1-5% of the total volume of calls. With roughly 2.4 billion cell phone calls made in the United States each day, this equates to 24-120 million dropped phone calls each day. It is no wonder then that 72% of Americans stated that they experience dropped calls occasionally and 32% claimed to encounter this problem at least a few times a week.

How this might affect your use of InnoCaption:  It means that dropped calls will happen occasionally, however, these dropped calls are not caused by InnoCaption. When a dropped call occurs, often times the mobile phone user can simply call the person back and have a successful call. The biggest variable to whether a call will be dropped or not is the strength of the network signal for the mobile phone. No matter how strong the networks are though, dropped calls will probably always be a part of the mobile phone user experience.


Understanding Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is the wireless connection of an internet source. It allows you to receive data (or surf the web) without physically being connected to your internet source. If you are not getting an internet connection on your cell phone, you may need to connect to Wi-Fi. You can connect to Wi-Fi through your smartphone’s settings. Many restaurants,
hotels, coffee shops, and airports offer public Wi-Fi to their patrons.

However, it is important to note that not all Wi-Fi sources are created equal. The more devices that are utilizing a single Wi-Fi source, the weaker it becomes and can cause issues with stability. When using public Wi-Fi, the provider of the Wi-Fi sometimes requires an agreement before having full use of their Wi-Fi. If you haven’t accepted their agreement, you may not have full use of their Wi-Fi. The easiest way to check if you need to agree to their terms is to open your internet browser and it will pop up if there is one.

How this might affect your use of InnoCaption:  InnoCaption’s technology uses both voice and data to provide you with the fastest, easiest and most accurate captioning for your smart phone. If your phone does not support simultaneous voice and data, you will need to be connected to Wi-Fi in order to make or receive a call. If the Wi-Fi is not a strong source, this can cause the calls to not connect or to be connected and then drop. To learn more about Wi-FI, click here.

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