Hearing Loss Affects People of All Ages

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There is a misconception that hearing loss only occurs in the elderly. While most cases of hearing loss can be attributed to aging, hearing loss can happen to children and young adults as well. No matter what the age of the person dealing with hearing loss, it can be very traumatic. Your hearing is one of your most essential senses. You need it every minute of the day.

Here is a look at how hearing loss affects several different age groups and some ways it can be prevented.

Hearing loss in young children

There are many children who are born without the ability to hear. This may be due to genetics. However, there are times when hearing loss can occur during pregnancy because of improper prenatal care.

A child may be affected by hearing loss if their mother has diabetes or preeclampsia while they are pregnant. Babies that are born prematurely are also at greater risk of being born with hearing loss.

Young children can often have hearing problems because they have either been ill or injured. There are some diseases that can lead to hearing loss. Here’s a list of some of them. 

  • Meningitis
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • The flu 

If a child suffers any form of traumatic head injury, they may develop up hearing loss. It is also important that young children are not exposed to loud noises for long periods. They should avoid using earphones to listen to music or watching shows on their smartphones or tablets.

You can know that your child is suffering from hearing loss if your child has no reaction when loud noises are made. If you have to call your child very loudly even when you are at a close distance, they might have a hearing problem.

If you notice that your child is constantly rubbing their ears and often needs the TV to be turned up, hearing loss may be occurring. If they have ear pain or they seem to have stopped paying attention, this may be a sign that their hearing has been affected. 

Hearing loss in young adults

Many Millennials are currently experiencing hearing loss because they have listened to audio devices too loudly. They may also experience hearing loss because they frequently go to noisy concerts and other entertainment events.

Listening to music with earphones at high audio volume can be very damaging to your hearing. 

Always turn down the volume on any music you are listening to. Keep the volume at a reasonable level in order to prevent hearing loss. Minimize the amount of time that you spend at concerts and other loud entertainment events.  

Many young adults may lose their hearing because they work in noisy environments. If you work in this type of environment, it is best to take measures to protect your hearing. Many safety devices are available that you can use to help prevent hearing loss.

One of the first signs that something may be going wrong with your hearing is when you have ringing in the ears. This ringing in the ears is called tinnitus. As soon as you start experiencing this, you should have your hearing checked out by a professional.

Remember that hearing loss is permanent, and it is something you will need to live with for the rest of your life. 

Hearing loss in the elderly?

Hearing loss in the elderly is very common. As you age, there may be changes in your inner ear, and your auditory nerves may become weak.

When you have age-related hearing loss, it may be difficult to tolerate loud sounds or hear what someone is saying even when they are close to you. When hearing loss is age-related, it can occur in both ears. Age-related hearing loss is very gradual, and you may not realize that there is something wrong with your hearing until it has progressed more severely.

Older adults may have problems with tinnitus as well. A ringing, buzzing or whooshing sound in the ear often characterizes tinnitus. However, you may hear a roaring sound, buzzing, or hissing in your ears if you have tinnitus. 

Tinnitus is usually the first sign that there is something wrong with your hearing. It is especially important for older people to protect their hearing from further damage once they start experiencing hearing loss. 

You should make a conscious effort to turn down televisions, use earplugs or other forms of ear protection whenever necessary. Finally, avoid loud noises as much as possible. If you have more questions about the impacts of hearing loss on your life, consider reaching out to the audiologists at Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology by calling 661-253-3277.