New Research: 20 Percent of People in their 20’s Have Hearing Loss
Hearing loss isn’t just a condition related to age. In fact, noise-induced hearing loss is a pervasive—yet often overlooked—condition among adults in the United States.
A recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows how prevalent noise-induced hearing loss is within different age groups. It was discovered that 19.2% of people aged 20–29 and 27.3% of people aged 50–59 had some form of noise-induced hearing loss. It was also more common in men than women.
This rate of noise-induced hearing loss can be explained by multiple factors, including workplace exposure, loud environments such as concerts or sporting events, and the use of headphones. Hearing damage can occur after being exposed to noise 85 decibels or higher (that’s about the decibel level of a lawn mower.) To protect yourself, it is important to limit the volume on your devices and wear earplugs/earmuffs when necessary.
Among all the factors that can cause hearing loss, noise is the most common and also the easiest to correct for young and middle aged adults. In addition to hearing loss, chronic exposure to noise can cause increased stress, anxiety, depression, blood pressure, heart disease incidence, distractibility, annoyance, tinnitus, hyperacusis, and other health problems.
To make sure you are maintaining your overall health and well-being it is important to receive regular hearing screenings in addition to your other doctor visits. To schedule a hearing consultation, please call Audiology Associates at 661-284-1900. Kevin Bolder, Au.D and John Davis, Au.D are two of the best in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley. Visit our website at www.AudiologyAssociates.net or stop by our office located at 23838 Valencia Blvd, Suite 100, Valencia, CA 91355.
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