JULY 12, 2019
Did you know that unsuspected Hearing Loss is more common than previously thought?
I can’t tell you the number of times I have had interactions with patients and people in public who clearly have hearing loss, but are in denial about it. These are not just your typical husband and wife couples who constantly fight about who has the hearing loss, but also your typical go-getter, world changing individual, who is always trying to improve their health. It includes those who are “perfect” in every way.
The reality is, hearing loss affects everyone regardless of their profession and is way more common or ‘normal’ than people realize. I think that as humans we often like to profile others and draw comparisons between us and them. If we’re honest, we kind of maybe, sort of, believe that we’re slightly better than the average person. Maybe we’re not the best, but we’re definitely better than Joe Shmoe with the disgusting cigarette habits. Or Jane Doe who just doesn’t seem to be all there in the head. We profile and judge people everyday on social media whether we realize it or not.
We do it at work whenever people challenge us and tell us we messed something up. It’s literally ingrained in our natural defensive and protective mechanisms. It’s become a normal thing that we all do, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we should keep doing it. It doesn’t mean we should feel bad about it, but sometimes our life will become more fruitful if we’re willing to challenge those hidden thoughts that float around in our brains all day long and change them. This same mindset comes into play regarding our hearing.
“The facts and numbers are out there. Hearing loss is more prevalent than most people realize and it isn’t only biased to those who work around loud noise and old people.“
The facts and numbers are out there. Hearing loss is more prevalent than most people realize, and it isn’t only biased to those who work around loud noise and old people.
- 50% of American Adults with noised-induced hearing damage don’t have noisy jobs.
- 1 in 4 adults who believe they have good hearing already show signs of damage.
- 1/3 of people with hearing loss are 50 and under.
- 1.1 billion young adults worldwide are at risk for hearing loss.
- 8.5% of people 45-54 have significant hearing loss.
- 28.8 million US adults could benefit from Hearing Aids.
So if hearing loss is so common, why do we continue to ignore it and treat it like it’s not going to happen to us? The most proactive step we can take is to renew our mindset about hearing loss and to be mindful of just how widespread and real it is.
At Restoration Hearing we offer the following recommendations for how the average person can be proactive in the fight against hearing loss:
- Get your hearing tested once every 5 years (1x/year for those 65 and up).
- Learn about the risks for hearing loss.
- Invest in high-quality hearing protection and take steps to reduce your risk for developing hearing loss.
Thank you for taking time to read our blog post. Please stay tuned for our next post!
Dr. Michael P. Cleary, Au.D., CCC-A