Hearing loss is something we think of as age-related, but in truth, hearing loss affects everyone. And while hearing loss often develops as we age, it is also caused by exposure to loud noises, genetics and other health-related issues such as fever or ototoxicity from various prescriptions.
In the last few years there has been a significant rise in the number of Americans with hearing loss. In a recent Huffington Post article, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) reported “that by second grade almost three times as many children have hearing loss today as compared to just a decade ago, increasing to four times as many by eighth grade.” Noise-induced hearing loss is an epidemic, and just last year, the World Health Organization estimated over 1 billion teens and young adults are at risk for hearing damage due to unsafe listening practices.
But hearing loss can be difficult to identify as it may develop gradually, allowing our bodies to adjust to it before we take notice. Here are some signs of hearing loss to look for!
- Asking others to repeat themselves
- Watching TV or listening to music at volume levels others find loud
- Difficulty understanding conversation in noisy places
- Feeling as though others slur their words or are mumbling
- Difficulty hearing women's and children’s voices
Hearing loss is permanent, but early identification can result in enormous lifestyle benefits!
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