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Worried About Hearing Loss? Take Some Simple Steps To Assist.

August 26, 2020 by  
Filed under Health, Weekly Columns

( Gradual hearing loss affects a large percentage of the population, and a very interesting fact is that about 60% of those affected are under 60 years old. It is, therefore, an everyday phenomenon that is taking on great proportions in the modern world. Normally, hearing loss is a normal progressive symptom of the aging process. In recent years, however, scientists have been sounding the alarm as they observe young people with aging ears. Premature hearing loss in young people is due to various factors, it manifests itself with specific symptoms, but it can be prevented. Today’s technology has developed rapidly, enabling everyone to have their favorite music with them everywhere. Young people, particularly familiar with technological developments, use portable music players for long periods of time and during various activities. It is common for young children to listen to music with headphones while on the subway, while exercising, and even while studying.

One question that arises is exactly when one needs hearing aids. Because hearing loss occurs gradually and as a person tends to adapt to situations, it is not always easy to determine when hearing aids are necessary. In addition, many people tend to avoid this decision. For this reason, it is advisable to pay attention to some signs that will show you that hearing aids can only benefit you. Hearing loss is one of the most common medical problems worldwide. It is also one of the most neglected problems, unfortunately because many people do not get their regular tests. The prolonged use, which can reach several hours daily, often accompanied by high volume. The National Acoustic Laboratories of Australia conducted a study, the results of which showed that 25% of mobile music users adjust the volume of their headphones to a higher than safe level for hearing. In this way the auditory nerves are injured and their long exposure to high volume sound does not allow them to rest adequately and recover.

There are some daily signs that should alert you to the fact that you should probably get a check at the hearing clinic. If you experience any of the following then maybe you need a hearing device. Look out for these common signs: 

  • Make an effort to understand conversations with many people who are slightly away from you.
  • In noisy environments, you lose a lot of what even people around you tell you.
  • You often ask them to repeat what was said.
  • You find it difficult to talk on the phone.
  • Set the volume of the TV or radio too high.
  • You try to read the lips of others when they speak to you.
  • You have tinnitus.
  • Trying to listen well results in a headache.

According to data published in the journal Pediatrics, Dr. Elizabeth Henderson and colleagues at Harvard Medical School found that in a hearing test performed on a nationally representative sample of boys and girls, almost 17% (one in six) of adolescents Both sexes had hearing loss, which makes it difficult to perceive speech and certain sounds at high frequencies. People with hearing loss put more effort into listening and communicating with those around them. But this effort causes them anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure and headaches. Feelings of embarrassment and shame also develop, thus negatively affecting their self-esteem as well as their social life, as they are isolated and can lead to depression. 

The temptation to procrastinate your hearing test may seem like a good idea but it is not always great. Prolonged hearing loss can have unpleasant consequences for your health and these could affect the quality of your life. The health industry can greatly assist you. 

  • Hearing loss renders certain brain cells useless, and their number increases over time, leading to irreversible damage.
  • Hearing loss is also linked to dementia. Although researchers do not know exactly the cause of this connection, they believe that the uselessness of the brain results in the development of dementia. After all, it is known that even people with a predisposition to dementia can slow down brain damage if they use it intensively, for example by reading or listening to music.
  • It will be very difficult for the brain to get used to hearing some sounds that it had forgotten after so long.
  • The feeling of isolation created by hearing loss worsens mental health and often leads to depression and resignation. When you find the perfect hearing aid for you, your sense of independence and well-being will greatly improve your mood.

Staff Writer; Greg Carter

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