Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions that we can face. In fact, there are millions of people in the country that currently experience some form of hearing loss, and many of those people require hearing aids in order to participate in society without feeling alienated due to their hearing ability. Despite the number of people that have hearing loss, the rest of the population generally have no clue about hearing loss, how it happens, and how it can be treated.
So in this post, we’re going to tell you a few important things that everyone should know about hearing loss. Not only will this educate you about hearing loss, but it’ll also remove some of the old stigmas about hearing loss that some people still have.
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Important Things That You Should Know About Hearing Loss
Hearing loss isn’t just a sign of old age
Nowadays, more and more people are starting to take a deeper look at hearing loss, how it occurs, and also how to prevent it. As such, this has uncovered a much better understanding of how it actually happens. Hearing loss is related to the nerves in our ear that can be damaged due to exposure to loud noises, but these pathways can also shrink or change as we grow older. This is why hearing loss tends to affect older people. However, these nerves can also be damaged in younger people if they attend many loud concerts and don’t wear any kind of hearing protection. As such, hearing loss is no longer just a sign of old age; it can also mean that we’re failing to take care of our hearing and are treating our ears poorly.
So if you ever meet someone with hearing loss or are diagnosed with hearing loss yourself, then it’s not always a sign of ageing. It could just be that you didn’t protect your ears well enough and have a lifestyle that exposes you to loud noises on a regular basis.
Noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented
Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common forms of hearing loss and happens when we expose ourselves to loud noises. If we listen to music at a really high volume or if we attend loads of different concerts, then we can eventually damage our hearing. However, it can also occur due to our lifestyle, such as working in a loud environment that can stress our ears. While most loud workplaces provide hearing protection, there are some occupations that still don’t really pay attention to the hearing health of their employees.
In fact, sounds around 80 dB are already enough to cause hearing loss. This can happen in the most unexpected places too, such as using a lawnmower or standing next to a working blender in the kitchen. These are all situations that, if you’re exposed to for a long period of time, can eventually cause hearing loss. Thankfully, hearing protection is readily available and we can even get custom hearing protection that is moulded to perfectly fit into our ears. This can protect our hearing and is a fantastic way to ensure that we’re not affected by loud sounds.
Hearing loss could potentially be treated entirely depending on the cause
While the cause for most hearing loss is due to damaged nerves, there are also some treatable conditions that may lead to hearing problems. For example, an ear infection could lead to a hearing-related problem that can be treated with the right help. However, if you leave it for too long and ignore your ear infection then you might cause permanent damage to your ears due to the nerves being affected.
There are more treatable conditions that are related to hearing loss. For instance, you could have impacted earwax that needs to be removed because it’s physically blocking your ears. Impacted earwax can also be painful at times and may increase the chances of infection. You could get your ears cleaned professionally which may result in much clearer hearing.
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Hearing aids are no longer stuck in the past and now come with many modern features
In the past, hearing aids were seen as very old technology. They were primitive despite how widely used they were, but things are starting to change to fit the smartphone era. For example, hearing aid batteries can now easily be purchased and replaced, and some newer hearing aids actually have rechargeable batteries, meaning we can now just charge our hearing aids at the end of the day and use them in the morning. Many hearing aids now also come with Bluetooth and other wireless features that make them compatible with devices like our smartphone or even a TV. We can take calls and even listen to music with our hearing aids because they’re almost treated like earphones now.
With so much new technology being introduced to the world of hearing aids, we no longer need to feel like we’re stuck in the past thanks to all of the exciting modern features that we have. We can actually start using hearing aids and incorporate them into our tech-centric lifestyles without being held back by primitive technologies.
Hearing aids are slowly losing their stigma, much like glasses did in the past
In the past, there used to be a stigma against people that wore glasses. In fact, it was common to hear insults such as “four-eyes” which would make people feel bad about wearing glasses. These days, things have completely changed. Glasses are much more accepted now and there are even situations where they can seem fashionable.
The same thing is happening for hearing aids. While they might not be a fashionable accessory like glasses, people are starting to understand that hearing aids are common, that they do help people live better lifestyles, and they don’t deserve a negative stigma. As the technology improves and more people are made aware of how common hearing loss is, we expect there to be a sharp spike in hearing aid users in the near future.