10 Things You Should Know About Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is a common and complex condition. It can make it difficult to hear the sounds that are important to you, like your family members or favorite musicians. But hearing loss doesn’t have to be inevitable, and there are many ways that people with hearing problems can manage their symptoms—and even improve their quality of life! Here’s what you need to know:
Hearing loss is very common.
Hearing loss is very common. Approximately 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 suffer from it, and approximately 1 in 6 people under the age of 60 have some degree of hearing loss. About 1 in 10 people have a significant hearing loss that impacts their ability to communicate during everyday interactions, such as having a conversation or listening to music. If you’re one of those people—or if you have a loved one who is—here are some things you should know about hearing loss:
- It’s not just old people who get it! Hearing loss can happen at any age, but becomes more common with advancing years. In fact, approximately 1 in 3 adults between 65-74 years old have some degree of hearing loss; this rises to roughly half (50%) among those 75-79 years old; and two thirds (66%) among those 80+ years old
Hearing loss can have physical, social and emotional consequences.
- Physical consequences
Hearing loss can affect your daily life in many ways, such as:
- You may have to raise your voice when speaking and ask others to repeat themselves because you can’t hear them properly. This can be frustrating for both you and the person you’re talking to!
- You might not be able to hear alarms or warning sounds that indicate danger. For example, if someone is telling you that the stove is on fire while they are cooking dinner and they don’t want any burns…and then there’s an explosion! This could get very bad very fast without proper warning system(s)!
- Social consequences of hearing loss include problems such as social isolation due to difficulty communicating with others, leading some people with hearing loss into depression or other mental health issues due to frustration from being misunderstood by those around them (especially if this happens often).
Hearing loss can be treated, but it usually can’t be cured.
In most cases, hearing loss cannot be cured. However, it can be treated in many different ways. Hearing aids are the most common form of treatment for mild to moderate hearing loss. For severe hearing loss, surgery may be an option. In some cases, a combination of both has been found to work best for patients who have both types of issues with their ears or other parts of their body that affect their ability to hear well (such as an obstruction in the ear canal).
Your hearing might change even if you never go to loud concerts or wear headphones.
If you’re worried about your hearing, it’s not just a matter of listening to loud music or having headphones on too long. Here are some other causes of hearing loss:
- Aging: You probably know that as you get older, your body changes in many ways. Your skin wrinkles, the way you walk changes, and so does your hearing. As we age we lose cells in the inner ear that help us hear sounds clearly. Hearing loss can develop from aging without any known cause but is more common among people who are over 65 years old.
- Exposure to noise: Loud noises can damage the hair cells in our ears and make them less sensitive over time. The longer someone is exposed to loud sounds (such as music), the greater their risk for permanent hearing damage becomes—even if they don’t notice any symptoms right away! The louder the sound is (such as an explosion), the shorter amount of time needed before permanent damage occurs; this means that if you were near an explosion during combat overseas, there could be lasting effects on your ability hear clearly even after returning home safely back into civilian life here at home on American soil where such things aren’t supposed to happen anymore…
Your ears may not look that different from someone else’s even if your hearing is very different.
While it’s important to know the signs of hearing loss, remember that your ears may not look any different from someone else’s even if your hearing is very different. The reason for this is that the outer ear (the part you can see) is only one small part of how your ears function as a whole. When you get a hearing test, they’re looking at all parts of your inner ear and how they work together. However, most people aren’t aware of what those parts are or how they work together.
If you want an example: when you wear earrings, the back part of each earring goes into the opening for it in the outer ear—but those openings are tiny and hidden under hair, so unless someone knows where to look for them and looks closely enough, no one will ever see them! And even if someone did find them and was able to stick their finger into one or both openings (yikes!), there wouldn’t be much difference between theirs and yours since both holes would probably be covered by skin tissue anyway!
The same goes with hats and scarves—and even sunglasses sometimes!
Hearing loss can make it difficult to follow conversations and individual voices in noisy places.
Hearing loss can make it difficult to follow conversations and individual voices in noisy places, like in a crowded restaurant or at a party.
This is because people with hearing loss may have trouble hearing if there isn’t enough space between the speaker and the listener. When you hear someone talking from across a room about 20 feet away, you’re able to pick up their voice better than if they were standing next to you shouting at full volume into your ear. If there are other noises going on around you—music playing at loud volume, doors slamming shut—your brain has difficulty differentiating the person’s voice from all the background noise.
People who can hear well are sometimes afraid of losing their hearing and should take care of it, too.
You’re not alone if you think that hearing loss is something that only happens to older people. It’s a natural part of aging, but it doesn’t have to be a negative thing. If you take care of your hearing now, you can protect yourself from the symptoms and effects of this condition as long as possible.
Hearing loss is preventable. You can minimize the damage by protecting your ears from damage in noisy environments and using protection when shooting guns or attending concerts, for example. Common sense habits such as wearing earplugs or earmuffs when necessary will help keep your ears healthy for longer! Be sure to clean them regularly with soft cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol (which kills germs) at least once a week — this will prevent wax build-up which can lead to blockage in the tubes leading toward our brains where sound waves turn into signals we understand called “hearing.”
If you notice your own hearing is slipping, get checked out right away, but remember not to pressure others to get their hearing tested if they don’t want to.
The first step to improving your hearing is to recognize that you have a problem. If you notice your own hearing is slipping, get checked out right away, but remember not to pressure others to get their hearing tested if they don’t want to. It’s important for everyone to get their hearing checked regularly—and make sure you’re on top of it yourself!
If you find out that you do indeed need some help with your hearing loss, there are plenty of options available. Don’t feel like a failure if this is the case; it happens more often than people realize and millions of people wear devices every day without feeling self-conscious about them at all (hint: look at how many celebrities flaunt their earpieces).
However, even if getting fitted for an aid isn’t something that’s in the cards for now—maybe because cost is prohibitive or maybe because they don’t work well enough—there are other ways we can help ourselves when our ears start getting cranky. For example:
Hearing aids are a gift that you give yourself instead of an admission of failure or a sign of getting old.
As a hearing loss patient, you should know that hearing aids are not a sign of failure. They’re not even a sign of getting old! Instead, they are an incredible gift that you give yourself—a gift that will help you hear sounds better and socialize more easily.
You deserve to live your life fully and joyously. You deserve to enjoy the world around you just as much as anyone else does. And with the help of proper treatment, there is no reason why this should not be possible for everyone who suffers from hearing loss.
There are different kinds of hearing aids and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for someone else.
If you’re considering a hearing aid, it’s important to know that there are different kinds. Some hearing aids will only be effective if the wearer is completely deaf, while others are best for people who have mild or moderate hearing loss. There is no one-size-fits-all option; each person’s unique set of circumstances will determine which device works best for them.
Some devices can be turned off and on, like a smartphone or computer. Others are always on and constantly working to amplify sound through their internal microphone and speakers. Wireless technology has become more popular in recent years as well, allowing wearers greater flexibility in where they place their devices in relation to those they want to hear better (for example, your own mouth when speaking).
If you have any questions about hearing loss—or just want some advice about how to get started with your new hearing aid—please call us today! We’d love to help!
You don’t need to let your hearing problems hold you back!
You don’t need to let your hearing problems hold you back! You can still do the things you love, like being a good friend and parent. You can still be a good partner and worker. You can even still be a good student—it just might take some creative problem-solving on your part. And above all, remember that you’re not alone! There are so many resources out there to help people with hearing loss lead happier and more fulfilling lives.
There are plenty of positive experiences in store for anyone who chooses to embrace their hearing challenges rather than simply accept them as an unfortunate fact of life; we hope this list has given you some ideas about how to do just that!
We hope that this article has helped you understand what it means to have hearing loss, and its effects on your life. Hearing loss can be treated, but it usually can’t be cured. Your hearing might change even if you never go to loud concerts or wear headphones; in fact, many people who can hear well are sometimes afraid of losing their hearing and should take care of it too! If you notice your own hearing is slipping get checked out right away but don’t pressure others into getting tested if they don’t want too.