ARC in Community Impact: Stress and Loud Noise

“Noise pollution” is now a high priority to Round Rock city officials and police concerned about how sound is drifting from downtown venues into nearby neighborhoods.

In a new story posted by the Community Impact newspaper, noise impact is discussed by ARC Audiologist, Dr. Angel De La Cruz, who diagnoses hearing problems, addresses patient communications needs and prescribes hearing aids at the ARC Round Rock Clinic.

Sounds, he says, can be more than annoying; they can impact your overall wellbeing. While hearing loss is usually not an issue when it comes to this type of “city” noise pollution, Dr. De La Cruz noted in the story, “You look at it more from the (psychological and social) aspect of the impact.”

“Is it where somebody’s stress levels and anxiety levels are affected by that on a consistent basis?” he asks.

Another potential concern might be that background noise can make it difficult to hear other, important sounds such as a ringing phone or crying baby.

Hearing loss typically occurs over a long period of time. How do you know if you might be suffering from hearing loss? Typical signs include:

  • Trouble hearing children’s voices and other high-pitched sounds.
  • Trouble hearing in crowded placed.
  • Frequently asking others to repeat what they’ve said.
  • Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio.

If you experience any of these signs, make an appointment to see an ARC Audiologist at 512-272-46736.

Read the Community Impact story here.

Tags: Audiology, Dr. Angel De La Cruz, Hearing loss, Community Impact, noise pollution