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Hearing Loss Affects People of All Ages

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It’s often assumed that hearing loss only affects people of a certain age. Indeed, much associate loss of hearing with the elderly population. The reality is quite different. Instead, hearing loss is comparable to changes in your eyesight. Changes to your eyesight can occur at any age. You may require glasses when you are a child, or you might require a prescription once you reach 30. The same is true for your hearing. It can change at any point in time. 

Hearing loss affects millions of people across the US. Indeed, thirty million people aged 12 or older have some form of hearing loss in both ears. To put that in perspective, this surmounts to one of every eighty people. 

Hearing Loss in Different Age Groups

As noted, the concept that hearing loss only impacts certain age groups isn’t factually accurate. Instead, hearing loss can impact people across a variety of different age groups. In children, 23 children in 1000 are born with a form of detectable hearing loss. As well as this, one in five teens in the US also has some form of hearing loss. This isn’t just a case of genetics either. Ninety percent of children who are both with hearing loss have parents that do not have any form of hearing loss at all. 

What About Young Adults?

Hearing loss also becomes more common as people get slightly older. Young adults are more likely than children to develop hearing loss. According to a report by the World Health Organization, 50% of millennials are at risk of hearing loss because of high volumes from personal audio devices. 

It’s easier than ever to listen to music or a wide variety of other forms of media on personal devices these days. If you listen to music at a high volume, then you could experience hearing loss, particularly as you get older. 

Listening to music at high volumes can also lead to the development of a condition referred to as tinnitus. Tinnitus causes you to hear sounds that aren’t actually there. The noises can be anything and usually, this condition is not curable. In some cases, it can develop with hearing loss however this is not always true. 

Hearing Loss in Adults

Hearing loss does affect people more as they get older. For instance, one in seven people in the US has been diagnosed with a form of hearing loss between the ages of 20 and 69. Furthermore, 22% of adults in the US are also exposed to noises that are at dangerous levels in their work environment. One in ten adults in the US experience tinnitus. 

It’s also worth noting that hearing loss is more common in certain groups of adults. For instance, three in five service members that are returning experience some level of hearing loss. As well as this, 50% of blast-induced injuries also tend to result in some form of permanent hearing loss

How Is Hearing Loss Treated in Different Age Groups?

The main way to treat hearing loss is with hearing aids. If you think that you are experiencing a form of hearing loss, it’s important to make sure that you speak to an audiologist. They will complete a hearing test which will provide information on the level of hearing loss. They can then recommend the right treatment option for you. There are numerous different types of hearing aids and the right type will depend on the specifics of the hearing loss. 

Many people do not speak to a professional when they notice changes to their hearing. One of the reasons for this is that society still associates hearing loss with old age. However, this isn’t the case and hearing loss can impact anyone at any time in their life. This can be related to damage caused by loud noises. Or it could be something completely different. There are various medical conditions that can lead to hearing loss and this is one of the reasons why you need to get it checked out. 

It’s also worth mentioning that hearing aid technology has evolved substantially since the early days when it was first introduced. Hearing aids are more sleek and far less apparent. Many hearing heads fit inside the ear or directly inside the ear canal. As such, they can be worn completely discreetly and fit with an active lifestyle. 

If you are interested in learning more about how hearing loss affects people of different ages, contact Independence Hearing at 772-210-1800. A friendly member of their team will be able to provide more information directly to you.