Hearing loss is presently a public health concern and scientists think that it will become a lot more common for people in their 20’s to be using hearing aids.
When you consider extreme hearing loss, ideas of elderly people may come to mind. But over the past few years, there has been a spike in hearing loss with all age groups. Hearing loss obviously isn’t an aging issue it’s a growing epidemic and the rising instances among all age groups demonstrates this.
Among adults 20 and older, researchers forecast that hearing loss will rise by 40%. The healthcare network views this as a serious public health problem. One in five people is, according to John Hopkins medical research, having a hard time communicating due to severe hearing loss.
Let’s find out why experts are so concerned and what’s contributing to an increase in hearing loss amongst all age groups.
Hearing Loss Can Trigger Added Health Problems
Severe hearing loss is a terrible thing to go through.. Everyday communication becomes difficult, frustrating, and fatiguing. It can cause people to stop doing what they enjoy and disengage from family and friends. If you don’t get help, it’s almost impossible to be active while suffering from significant hearing loss.
Those with neglected hearing loss suffer from more than diminished hearing. They’re also more likely to experience the following
- Other acute health problems
- Cognitive decline
- Injuries from repeated falls
They’re also more likely to have problems with their personal relationships and might have trouble getting basic needs met.
Individuals who endure hearing loss are affected in their personal lives and may also have increased:
- Insurance costs
- Healthcare expenses
- Needs for public assistance
- Disability rates
- Accident rates
These factors show that hearing loss is a major obstacle we need to fight as a society.
What’s Contributing to Increased Hearing Loss in All Ages?
The recent increase in hearing loss can be linked to a number of factors. One factor is the increased prevalence of common diseases that can cause hearing loss, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Poor diet and a lack of consistent exercise
- Anxiety and unmanaged stress
- Cardiovascular disease
These conditions and other associated conditions are contributing to additional hearing loss because they’re happening to people at younger ages.
Lifestyle also plays an important role in the increased occurrence of hearing loss. In work and recreational areas in particular, it’s becoming more common to be exposed to loud sound. We’re being exposed to loud noises and music in more places and modern technology is getting louder. Young people who regularly go to the following places have the highest level of hearing loss:
- Bars, clubs, and concerts
- Shooting ranges
Additionally, many people are choosing to use earbuds and crank their music up to dangerous levels. And a greater number of people are now making use of painkillers, either to manage chronic pain or recreationally. Opiates, aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen will increase your risk of hearing loss especially if used over a extended period of time.
How is Hearing Loss as a Health Problem Being Dealt With by Society?
Hearing loss is getting the attention of local, national, and world organizations. They’re educating the public as a step to reduce this rising trend with the following:
- Treatment options
- Risk factors
Individuals are being prompted by these organizations to:
- Have their hearing tested sooner in their lives
- Use their hearing aids
- Know their degree of hearing loss risk
Hearing loss will get worse with any delay in these actions.
Solutions are being sought by government organizations, healthcare providers, and researchers. Hearing aid associated costs are also being addressed. State-of-the-art hearing technology will be increased and lives will be dramatically enhanced.
Broad approaches are being developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations as well as scientists. Decreasing the risk of hearing loss among underserved groups is being addressed with health services, education, and awareness.
Local leaders are being made aware of the health impact of noise by being given researched-based guidelines for communities. They show what safe noise exposure is, and help communities reduce noise exposure for residents. They’re also advancing research into how hearing loss is increased with the use and abuse of opiates.
What You Can do?
Keep yourself informed because hearing loss is a public health problem. Share helpful information with others and take action to slow the development of your own hearing loss.
If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, get a hearing exam. Be sure you get and wear your hearing aids if you discover that you need them.
The ultimate goal is to stop all hearing loss. When you wear your hearing aids, you help people realize they’re not alone. You’re helping your community become more aware of the struggles of hearing loss. Policies, actions. and attitudes will then be changed by this awareness.