According to the Better Hearing Institute, the majority (65 percent) of people with hearing loss are younger than age 65. While your risk for hearing loss increases with age, hearing loss is common across generations.
According to a study by Dr. Josef Shargorodsky in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there was a 30% increase in hearing loss in adolescents (ages 12-19) between 1988 and 2006. Scientists speculate that the widespread use of ear buds could be a contributing factor.
What are some risk factors for hearing loss that people cannot change?
Some people are genetically pre-disposed to hearing loss, and all people are at increased risk as they age, because the ears, just like all other parts of your body, tend not to work as well over time. Gender is also a risk factor – men experience hearing loss more often than women.
What is the most common and preventable contributor to hearing loss?
According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by a one-time exposure to an intense “impulse” sound, such as an explosion or fireworks, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time, such as noise from a lawn mower or the din of a noisy restaurant.
At what decibel level does noise become damaging to hearing through cumulative repeated exposure?
The Correct Answer is 85 db (Noise from city traffic)
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, hearing loss can result from long and/or cumulative exposure to sounds at or above 85 db. Distance from the source of the noise and length of exposure can affect how quickly damage can occur.
Did you know your job could be hard on your hearing? Which of the following occupations tend to experience more hearing loss?
Not surprisingly, law enforcement personnel are at higher risk for hearing loss. They are regularly exposed to high-intensity impulsive sounds (such as gunshots and blaring sirens). Hearing loss is also more common among veterans and is now reported as one of the top disabilities among returning soldiers. More surprisingly, teachers are also considered at higher risk for hearing loss, especially those who have frequent exposure to noisy gymnasium or workshop environments.
Which overall health issues can contribute to hearing loss?
Overall health is closely linked to hearing health! Obesity and high blood pressure both can damage hearing by hampering blood flow to the ear. Diabetes can also damage the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear. A recent National Institutes of Health study found the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher in Americans with prediabetes than in those with normal blood glucose.
How can untreated hearing loss hurt your well-being?
According to the Better Hearing Institute, studies have linked untreated hearing loss with irritability, negativism and anger; fatigue, tension, stress and depression; avoidance or withdrawal from social situations; reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety; impaired memory and diminished psychological and overall health. On top of this, individuals lose approximately $1,000 in annual household income for every 10% increase in hearing loss.
What steps should you take to protect your hearing health?