Cedar Audiology Associates - Cleveland, OH

Woman not letting hearing loss and use of hearing aids stop her from feeling young and playing with her grandkids.

Growing up, you probably started to associate hearing loss with old age. You most likely had older people around you trying to understand conversations or utilizing hearing aids.

As you grow up, you start to discover that there is another cause of hearing loss aside from aging.

Feeling old is the biggest reason why people can’t admit they have hearing loss.

It Doesn’t Matter how old you are, you Might Still get Hearing Loss

Even before we turn 13, audiologists already begin to detect some amount of hearing loss in 13% of instances. You’ll recognize, this is not because 12-year-olds are “old”. Teenage hearing loss has gone up 33% within the last 30 years.

What’s at work here?

Out of all 45 – 55-year olds, 2% presently suffer from debilitating hearing loss, and with 55 – 65-year-olds it’s 8%.

It’s not an aging issue. What you may consider age-associated hearing loss is actually absolutely avoidable. And you have the ability to considerably lessen the advancement of your hearing loss.

Age-related hearing loss, identified medically as sensorineural hearing loss, is most frequently triggered by noise.

For a long time people have thought that hearing loss was simply part of aging. However thanks to today’s science we understand a great deal more concerning hearing loss prevention and also hearing restoration.

The Reason why Loud Noise Causes Hearing loss

You need to recognize that loud noise is not harmless if you desire to start to protect your hearing.

Sound is composed of waves of pressure. These waves go into your ear canal. They move downward past your eardrum into your inner ear.

In the inner ear little hairs vibrate. A neurological code is made up from how fast and how regularly these tiny hairs vibrate. This code will be translated by your brain into the sound of crickets, someone yelling for assistance, a waterfall, or any other sound which may be near you.

The issue is that as noises are too loud these little hairs are damaged beyond repair. The noise shakes them to death.

Without them, you can not hear.

Why Noise-Related Hearing Loss is Irreversible

Most kinds of damage will be healed by your body. These little cells do not heal. When they are gone, they are gone forever. Each and every time you are subjected to loud sound, more of these cells are lost for ever.

As they die, hearing loss advances.

There are Noises That are Common Which can Cause Hearing Damage

This is a surprising fact for most people to find out. You might not question:

  • Going to a concert/play/movie
  • Wearing earbuds/head phones
  • Turning the car stereo up too loud
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Using farm equipment
  • Riding a motorcycle/snowmobile
  • Driving on a busy highway with the windows or top down
  • Working in a manufacturing plant or other loud industry
  • Hunting
  • Playing music in a band

It’s not necessary to quit these activities. It is possible to minimize noise associated hearing damage by employing pro-active strategies.

You Don’t Have to Feel old Just Because you Have Hearing Loss

You can acknowledge that you’re suffering from loss of hearing without having to feel old. In fact, failing to recognize it can guarantee faster advancement and problems that will definitely cause you to you feel much older in only a few years including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s
  • Increased Fall Risk
  • Social Isolation
  • More frequent trips to the ER
  • Strained relationships

These are all considerably more prevalent in people with neglected hearing loss.

Stop Continued Hearing Problems

Start by recognizing how to prevent hearing loss.

  1. Put a sound meter app on your phone, and find out how loud common sounds really are.
  2. Dangerous volumes should be avoided without the proper ear protection. Above 85 dB (decibels) will cause permanent hearing damage in only 8 hours. 110 dB takes around 15 minutes to cause permanent hearing loss. 120 dB and higher causes instant hearing loss. A gunshot is around 140 to 170 dB.
  3. Know that If you’ve ever had trouble hearing briefly immediately after a concert, you already caused permanent damage to your hearing. Over time it will become worse.
  4. Wear earplugs or maybe sound-dampening earmuffs when necessary.
  5. Comply with work hearing safety restrictions.
  6. Minimize your exposure time to loud sounds.
  7. Refrain from standing near to loudspeakers or cranking speakers up when at home.
  8. Purchase earbuds/headphones which have built-in volume control. They never go higher 90 decibels. Most people would need to listen practically non-stop all day to do irreversible damage.
  9. High blood pressure, not enough blood oxygen, and various medications can cause you to be more susceptible at lower volumes. To be certain, never listen to headphones at above 50%. Car speakers differ.
  10. Use your hearing aid. Not wearing a hearing aid when you need them causes the brain to atrophy. It’s much like your leg muscles. If you stop walking, it gets much harder to walk.

Get a Hearing Test

Are you in denial or procrastinating on it? Stop it. You need to be aware so that you can be proactive to minimize further damage.

Talk to Your Hearing Professional About Hearing Answers

There are no “normal cures” for hearing impairment. If you have extreme hearing loss, it’s time to get a hearing aid.

Do a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Hearing Aids

Many people are either in denial about hearing loss, or, they make the decision to “tough it out.” They believe that hearing aids make them appear old. Or maybe they believe they are too expensive.

However when they recognize that hearing loss will get worse faster and can cause numerous health and personal issues, it’s easy to see that the pros far outweigh the cons.

Call a hearing care specialist today about getting a hearing test. And if hearing aids are suggested, don’t be afraid of “feeling old.” Hearing aids these days are much more streamlined and more advanced than you may think!

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