When you think about hearing loss or hearing aids, what do you picture? Is it grey-haired grandma and grandpa and their friends? Old age is something that is very naturally associated with hearing loss, but the reality is that hearing loss affects people of all ages.
On the other hand, if you take into account people wearing glasses, you are likely to imagine a whole range of people wearing glasses, from young children, to teenagers and pensioners. Using glasses helps to correct an impairment with the eyes; wearing hearing aids helps to correct hearing loss. But why are glasses less stigmatized and seen as more of a fashion statement, but it can take someone years and years to get their hearing tested after they have noticed some hearing loss?
Hearing Loss Affects People of All Ages
The notion that hearing loss is something that only older people experience is simply not true. There are a large portion of older people who do experience hearing loss as they age, but there are still a significant number of people from all age groups who also experience a level of hearing loss.
Did you know that up to three in every thousand babies that are born, are born with detectable hearing loss? As children grow older, it has been found that one in five teenagers experience a level of hearing loss. Children, aged from age six to 19, can experience hearing loss because of using headphones and listening to music at volumes that are unsafe. This results in a level of one in eight children experiencing hearing loss as a result.
It has been found by World Health Organization (WHO) that half of millennials are at risk of hearing loss, through lifestyle choices, such as headphones and personal audio devices, as well as from loud music at concerts and other such entertainment venues. You don’t have to experience a complete loss of hearing to experience hearing loss.
As for adults, it has been found that one in seven adults, aged from twenty up to retirement ages, experience hearing loss. Nearly a quarter of all adults can be exposed to excessive and dangerous levels of noise at work, resulting in some hearing loss. Tinnitus is something that many adults can experience too, which is a buzzing in the ears. Nearly all people experiencing tinnitus will then have some accompanying hearing loss.
Normalizing Hearing Loss
As is evident, you can experience hearing loss at any age, not just when you are elderly. However, there is still a stigma around hearing loss and wearing hearing aids when there really shouldn’t be one. If you have noticed any change in your hearing, even if it feels only slight, then it is a good idea to make an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist (HIS). They will be able to assess and test your hearing to see what level of hearing loss you have and then what can be done to help. You would go to get glasses if you needed them, so why not go to see a HIS when you need to?
If your level of hearing loss means that you would need to wear hearing aids, then the good news is that the technology has improved so much, that the styles available are very subtle and very sleek and discreet. Your HIS could talk you through the options that are available to you, and you’ll find that even the most discreet hearing aids can help to minimize background noise, improve clarity of sound and help to improve your life and social encounters in a whole new way.
Not only that, but with the technology improvements that have been made, you can stream wireless audio from a mobile device to hearing aids, as well as hear phone calls in your hearing aids, all through apps. So, no matter your age, there will be hearing aids that suit you, your lifestyle and your needs.
Get In Contact with Us Today
If you’d like to find out more about us at Hearing Well Matters and talk about any questions you have relating to hearing loss, then please get in contact with us today. Give us a call today at (647) 247-2704. Don’t delay getting in touch when you are experiencing hearing loss. The sooner it is looked at, the sooner you can get back to living your life as you were before, no matter your age. We look forward to taking your call.