Hearing Loss Is On The Rise, Including Young People

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Hearing loss is presently a public health issue and scientists believe that it will become much more common for people in their 20’s to be using hearing aids.

The majority of individuals think of the elderly when they consider extreme hearing loss. But all age groups have seen a recent rise in hearing loss over the last few years. Hearing loss obviously isn’t an aging problem it’s an increasing crisis and the rising cases among all age groups demonstrates this.

Among adults 20 and up, researchers forecast that hearing loss will rise by 40%. The healthcare network sees this as a significant public health issue. One in five individuals is, according to John Hopkins medical research, having a difficult time communicating because of extreme hearing loss.

Here is why this is such a major concern.  It’s not only diminished hearing that individuals with neglected hearing loss are afflicted by. They’re far more likely to develop:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Injuries from repeated falls
  • Cognitive decline
  • Dementia
  • They also have trouble getting their everyday needs met and are more likely to have difficulties with personal relationships.

Individuals who suffer from hearing loss are impacted in their personal lives and could also have increased:

  • Needs for public assistance
  • Healthcare costs
  • Insurance rates
  • Disability rates
  • Accident rates

What’s Contributing to Increased Hearing Loss in Multiple Ages?

There are a number of factors causing the recent rise in hearing loss. One factor is the increased incidence of common conditions that can cause hearing loss, such as:

  • Anxiety and unmanaged stress
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Poor diet and a lack of consistent exercise

These conditions and other associated conditions are contributing to additional hearing loss because they’re happening to people at younger ages.

Lifestyle also plays an important role in the increased prevalence of hearing loss. Exposure to loud sounds is more prevalent, especially in recreation areas and work environments. We’re being exposed to loud sounds and music in more places and modern technology is getting louder. Young people who regularly go to the following places have the highest degree of hearing loss:

  • Bars, clubs, and concerts
  • Gyms
  • Shooting ranges
  • Factories
  • Moreover, many people are turning the volume of their music up to harmful levels and are using earbuds.
  • And more people are managing pain with painkillers or taking them recreationally. Long-term, frequent use of opiates, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin have also been connected with an increased danger of hearing loss.

If you suspect you may be experiencing hearing loss, get a hearing exam. If you learn you need hearing aids, be sure to wear them.

Have questions or need more information?  Please contact Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  We are conveniently located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY.  You can reach us by phone at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!

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