Studies on Hearing Loss & Injuries

Studies on Hearing Loss & Injuries

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Overall Health, Research by Zach Kenealey, HIS

Zach Kenealey, HIS

Zach took over Better Hearing Center from his father more than seven years ago. Zach is a state licensed hearing instrument specialist with an AAS degree in Hearing Instrument Sciences. He enjoys the challenge of exploring each client’s unique needs and tailoring individual treatment plans to address them. He likes reading, sports, and spending time with family.
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The presence of hearing loss can be caused by a number of reasons such as age, noise, genetics and much more. The top two common reasons for hearing loss however is aging and long-term loud noises. The start of hearing loss is common as you become to age. The start of decline in hearing will begin around the age of 40 and will continue to decline over time. By the time that you reach your 80’s, the loss of hearing will be so great that you will find it difficult to live a normal life.

If you have lived in a loud environment or worked long term in a loud environment, you will be a much greater risk level for losing your hearing early on. This noise could also be caused by voluntarily exposing yourself to loud situations such as long-term use of loud music through headphones. You might have even worked on your car over a long period time and the noise from that could have also contributed to the loss of hearing.

Signs of Hearing Loss

There are many cases where an individual will develop hearing loss over time and therefore did not recognize the onset of the symptoms of the hearing loss. If you have noticed symptoms such as asking others to repeat themselves often, the volume of the television or radio is constantly being increased, you have already started to see symptoms of the hearing loss. What you will need to do next is to see the doctor to have them test your hearing and perhaps from there, be fitted for hearing aids. Now a day’s, hearing aids are barely noticeable and can be hidden from the naked eye.

Levels of Hearing Loss

You should know that there are multiple levels of hearing loss. You can suffer from a mild case of hearing loss or you could suffer from moderate to severe. There is also a profound level of hearing loss. If you are between the ages of 25 and 40, you most likely will suffer from a very mild level of hearing loss however if you are closer to 70, you most likely have moderate to severe hearing loss.

The Prevalence of Hearing Loss

What most people do not know is that hearing loss is quite common to be widespread. If you were to take a group of people, for every 6 people, there would be one person who suffers from the hearing loss of a level of more than 25 dB. That statistic showcases that nearly 17% of people suffer from hearing loss.

There have been studies conducted around the world that showcases that people from around the globe are experiencing hearing loss. For individuals who have been asked, they will voluntarily admit that they experience hearing loss at around 11% of people asked. The reason for the discrepancy is that not everyone who has a hearing problem knows that they are experiencing difficulty hearing things.

Treating the Hearing Problem

What most people do not know is that your hearing problem can actually be treated through the use of a number of treatment options. In some situations, the hearing loss cannot be reversed or returned but the treatment will include the change of quality of life. In a number of cases, the individual can be fitted for hearing aids which will return some of the hearing that you have lost however in some cases, the long-term dissolution of hearing cannot be cured or treated through some medical interventions.

Implants for Hearing Loss

If you are someone who suffers from hearing loss, you know how difficult it can be to lead a normal life. When this happens, you might think to yourself, what can I do to make my quality of life better? The answer can be as simple as looking into implants. I know what you must be thinking and that is that implants are something that women get to enhance their appearance however this type of implant will help you to improve your hearing. In some cases, the cochlear implant is something that may not be covered under insurance but if that is the case, it might be something that you want to look into as a treatment option anyways.