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Five Life Altering Sounds You May Miss If You Are Not Using Listening Devices To Hear

by Valerie Stevens

Not being able to hear[,] or hear properly[,] can have a negative impact on your life. Perhaps the most negative effect is a direct result from not hearing five life-altering sounds. Here are those five sounds and how listening devices could save your life and/or the lives of those around you.

Smashing Glass

If your home does not have a security alarm and you are a senior citizen, you are at a higher risk for home intrusion. If you also cannot hear glass breaking because you do not utilize any hearing aids or hearing devices, you could be in a lot of danger. Being able to hear the sound of smashing glass is vital.

Shots Fired

Perhaps even more important than being able to hear smashing glass is being able to hear gun shots. Police will canvas a neighborhood looking for eye- and ear-witnesses after a shooting. If you heard nothing when you were close enough to the shooting that you could have heard something, that allows a dangerous shooter to roam free.

Explosions

While it may be nearly impossible not to hear an explosion, if your level of hearing loss is severe enough to warrant more expensive devices to hear daily sounds, you might miss the sound of an explosion. This puts you at risk, especially if you were close to the blast, because it could destroy what little hearing you have left. In a controlled blast environment where someone would be yelling at you to get away from the area, not hearing the warning and not hearing the blast is doubly dangerous.

Car and Train Horns

Car and train horns exist to warn drivers and pedestrians of impending collisions and help you avoid those collisions. If you cannot hear another driver's car horn and cannot hear the blast of train horn, you could become fatally injured or severely injured at best. This is why it is so important to have your hearing checked as you get older and continue to drive so you can avoid tragic accidents.

Emergency Sirens

Similar to car and train horns, emergency sirens are attempting to alert everyone on the road that they need to get through and do not want to hurt anyone else in their hurrying. When you cannot hear the sirens you do not pull over as you are required to do so by law. Even if you narrowly miss a collision with an ambulance or a fire truck, a police car is certain to do a quick U-turn to write you a ticket or send another squad car after you for "ignoring" the sirens. 

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