Dave Gellis: May 22, 2017

A QUARTER OF AMERICANS EXPERIENCE HEARING LOSS DUE TO EVERYDAY NOISE

DAVE GELLIS, LEAD GUITARIST OF ROCK BAND
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS

SHARES HIS STORY AND REVEALS HOW HEARING LOSS HAS AFFECTED HIS LIFE 

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

 

DAVE GELLIS,

Lead Guitarist for Blood, Sweat & Tears

DR. ERIC BRANDA
Audiologist

Along with the dog days of summer come the common sounds of the season — outdoor rock concerts, festivals, and sporting events. Throw in a pair of earbuds, and over time studies show that the noises of today can be a recipe for hearing damage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, forty million American adults have lost some of their hearing because of noise. Half of them suffered damage from everyday exposure to leaf blowers, sirens, rock concerts and other loud sounds. Hearing loss, which worsens with age, is the third most common chronic physical condition in the United States. It is twice as common as diabetes or cancer.

Hearing loss and tinnitus (commonly known as “ringing in the ears”) don’t  just affect the aging – much younger people are showing signs of hearing problems that include ringing, roaring, buzzing, and pain. The statistics around hearing loss are alarming:

  • The average person waits 7-10 years before addressing their hearing loss
  • Only 16 percent with mild to moderate hearing loss wear hearing aids, and only 53 percent with severe to profound hearing loss wear hearing aids
  • The average age of a person purchasing their first hearing aid has decreased from 69 to 63 years of age
  • Available for interview are Dave Gellis, lead guitarist for rock band Blood, Sweat and Tears who suffers from hearing loss, joined by Dr. Eric Branda. Both will share how everyday noise impacts hearing loss as well as discuss new hearing aid technology.

 

MORE ABOUT DAVE GELLIS:

Dave Gellis has been playing lead guitar for Blood, Sweat & Tears since 1985. During several hiatuses, he has toured and/or recorded with Meat Loaf, Stanley Clarke, Chuck Negron (of Three Dog Night), Phoebe Snow, and many others. This includes numerous television appearances as well as touring throughout the Far East, Europe, Australia, and nearly 50 states. He is the featured soloist on Roger Glover’s 1984 release, “Mask.”

 

MORE ABOUT DR. ERIC BRANDA

Dr. Branda is an audiologist and Director of Product Management for Sivantos, Inc. He specializes in bringing new product innovations to market, helping Sivantos fulfill its goal of creating advanced hearing solutions for all types and degrees of hearing loss. Dr. Branda received his Doctor of Audiology degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences and his master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Akron.

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