Hearing loss is an epidemic in not only America but all over the world! Over 466 Million worldwide have a disabling hearing loss. There are many ways one might occur hearing loss, however there are many myths circulating.
It is important to educate yourself and separate fact from fiction.
4. Only Senior Citizens Suffer From Hearing Loss
This seems to be one of the most common myths involving hearing loss. The Elderly are not the only ones dealing with hearing loss in fact 1 in 5 teenagers experience some form of hearing loss. The statistics for children are even higher!
2 out of 3 children born in the United States have a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. Undetected hearing loss can compromise social development, communication skills, and speech. Children with hearing loss can feel excluded, frustrated, and can be socially impacted. It is important for children to get checked as well as adults.
3. Hearing Loss Is An Independent Health Problem
A new study from John Hopkins suggests that hearing loss is associated with the risk of falls. Those with hearing problems are nearly 3 times more likely to have a history of falling and they are also risk to fall again.
Another reason hearing loss might increase the risk of falls, study suggests, is cognitive load. It is overwhelmed with our demands and limited resources.
There is also a lot of overlap between diabetes and hearing loss. Hearing Loss is nearly twice as common in pre diabetics and diabetics compared to those without glucose problems.
2. You Don’t Know When It’s TOO Loud
Your body can naturally warn you when the noise is too loud. A common symptom that you are damaging your hearing is buzzing. You can develop a buzzing or slight ring in your ears when you are exposed to loud noise. In some cases you can even experience temporary hearing loss.
If you have these symptoms, some hair cells may have died. If you are repeatedly exposed to loud sounds for an extended period of time, music or workplace, you can experience sensorineural hearing loss.
Prevention is key in hearing loss. Once you lose it, you can’t get it back.
1. We can’t prevent hearing loss
Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable.
50% of American adults with hearing damage do not have noisy jobs. A major source of hearing loss is exposure to excessive noise. Our inner ear hair cells can be damaged when exposed to loud noise. Sadly, once the hair cells are destroyed they can not be replaced. There are simple measures we can take to protect yourself:
Block out the noise by wearing earplugs and earmuffs.
Turn down the volume on your headphones.
Simply avoid excessively loud noise.
These simple measures can protect your hair cells and help prevent noise-induced hearing loss.
If you have any concerns about your hearing, give us a call at 1-928-899-8104 or book an appointment at Prescott Hearing Center.
We have over 20 years experience with advanced diagnostic testing equipment.
At Prescott Hearing, we are here to give you the best possible hearing care catered specifically to you.