You might think that hearing loss only affects seniors, but recent studies have shown that teenagers and young adults are more at risk of hearing loss than ever before. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that more than 1.1 billion teens risk hearing loss, due in large part to high usage of personal listening devices, and extremely loud music concerts. Hearing loss can happen to anyone, and millennials need to take steps to protect their hearing before it’s too late.
Millennials and Hearing Loss
While many people assume that hearing loss is normal part of aging, and they won’t have to worry about their hearing health until they reach their 60s, hearing loss can affect to anyone, regardless of age. The biggest factor in hearing loss is noise, not age.
In teenagers and young adults, hearing loss is often caused by exposure to dangerously loud noises, whether from crowded city streets, neighborhood noise pollution, or overuse of personal listening devices. Leisure activities are also notoriously loud, and sports venues, concert halls and bars are all extremely noisy, damaging hearing and causing tinnitus or hearing loss. It’s estimated that nearly 17% of 12-to-19-year-olds face hearing loss, and many are completely unaware that hearing loss is seriously affecting their health, school performance, and relationships.
Living with Untreated Hearing Loss
Those with untreated hearing loss face a lot of problems. Millennials with hearing loss face difficulties at work, struggling in interviews, making mistakes on the job site, and jeopardizing their careers. Relationships also suffer, and for Millennials this is especially problematic since these are the years when many intimate relationships are formed and solidified.
Living with untreated hearing loss also increases your risk of cognitive decline, and those who live with hearing loss are more at risk of developing dementia. As your brain struggles to understand the sounds around you, it’s working overtime to help you make sense of your environment. This takes a lot of energy, and uses a lot more resources, causing a lot of wear and tear on the brain. You’re also more likely to avoid social situations, and social isolation is closely linked with developing dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Are You in Denial?
Just like seniors, millennials are reluctant to admit to having hearing loss, and put off getting the help they need. Many wait 5 to 7 years before visiting an audiologist! During this critical time in life their physical, emotional, and mental health suffers. In fact, the average person is more likely to have a colonoscopy than a hearing test.
Are you in denial, and unwilling to admit that you have difficulty hearing? Do you often pretend to hear, nodding and smiling when you don’t have a clue what’s going on, and hoping that no one will notice? Pretending to hear will only lead to more miscommunication and embarrassment, and admitting you’re having trouble hearing will help you alleviate long term difficulties. If you have hearing loss, you need to act right away.
Treating Hearing Loss
The first step to treating your hearing loss is to visit us at Worth Hearing for a comprehensive hearing test. We’ll determine your level of hearing loss, ask questions about your lifestyle, and provide the best advice on what hearing device will fit easily into your life.
Hearing devices of today are sophisticated and intelligent, and like a mini computer, are able to run a host of advanced programs and settings to help you hear in any listening environment. The clunky, whistling hearing aids you’re imagining are a thing of the past, and you’ll be amazed by the devices we offer. Whether you live an active lifestyle, have trouble hearing in the office, or want the ultimate in connectivity, we have many devices to choose from. Most are controlled via a smartphone app, and can stream audio directly from your phone, computer, or any other Bluetooth enabled device. Some hearing aids are so tiny they sit well within your ear canal and are invisible! But once you realize the difference hearing aids make in your life, you’ll want to show them off.
Stop letting hearing loss hold you back, but visit us at Worth Hearing to see how this technology can change your life.