Pasadena, CA, November 23rd, 2010
Los Angeles’ ABC Channel 7 reported earlier this month on the damage that allergies can cause to some people’s ears. The story highlighted the work being done at L.A.’s House Ear Institute for people impacted by allergies with hearing problems caused by pollens and exposure to mold spores.
The interview with medical professionals discussed how some people can experience temporary hearing loss, develop vertigo and even suffer from permanent hearing damage. Some who experience this type of allergic reaction do not have traditional symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes.
Approximately 20% of the population suffers from general allergies. Allergens from cockroaches, rodents, pet dander, pollen and sources of mold can all trigger allergies and for the 7% of the population that suffers from asthma they may also trigger an attack.
LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical and a leading allergen and indoor air quality testing laboratory, provides analytical services and testing supplies to help identify mold, pollens, bacteria and other microbial contaminates that trigger these attacks.
“Not many people realize what damage can be done to a person’s hearing from allergies,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “Basic air and dust testing procedures can identify if, and where, indoor allergens may exist in a person’s home or work environment. Simple steps can also be taken to minimize allergens and allergen reservoirs in a home. Fabric furniture and carpeting are breeding grounds for dust mites and also collect all types of allergens from mold spores to pollen. Consider replacing carpeting with hardwood flooring and switching furniture with fabrics to ones that instead have leather, wood or other surfaces. Vacuum often and be sure to use a HEPA vacuum, and when finished, be sure to empty the canister outside of the building”
To learn more about allergen, mold or other IAQ testing services please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 303-0047.
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