Scientists believe 20-somethings who wear hearing aids will soon become more common as hearing loss is a public health concern.
When you think of extreme hearing loss, ideas of elderly people might come to mind. But all age groups have seen a recent rise in hearing loss over the past few years. Hearing loss obviously isn’t an aging problem it’s a growing crisis and the rising cases among all age groups demonstrates this.
Scientists predict that in the next 40 years, hearing loss cases will double in adults 20 and older. This is viewed as a public health concern by the healthcare community. One in five individuals is, according to John Hopkins medical research, having a hard time communicating as a result of extreme hearing loss.
Let’s look at why experts are so concerned and what’s contributing to a spike in hearing loss amongst all age groups.
Hearing Loss Can Trigger Added Health Issues
It’s an awful thing to have to endure serious hearing loss. Communication is aggravating, fatiguing, and challenging every day. People can frequently disengage from their family and friends and stop doing the things they love. If you don’t get help, it’s almost impossible to be active while suffering from significant hearing loss.
Those who have untreated hearing loss suffer from more than diminished hearing. They’re also more likely to develop the following
- Injuries from repeated falls
- Cognitive decline
- Other severe health conditions
They’re also more likely to have problems with their personal friendships and may have challenges getting basic needs met.
Individuals who suffer from hearing loss are impacted in their personal lives and may also have increased:
- Healthcare costs
- Disability rates
- Insurance costs
- Needs for public support
- Accident rates
We need to fight hearing loss as a society because as these factors indicate, hearing loss is a real obstacle.
Why Are Multiple Age Groups Experiencing Increased Hearing Loss?
There are numerous factors causing the current increase in hearing loss. The increased cases of some common illnesses that trigger hearing loss is one factor, including:
- Anxiety and unmanaged stress
- Poor diet and a lack of regular exercise
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
These conditions and other related conditions are contributing to increased hearing loss because they’re affecting people at younger ages.
Lifestyle also plays a major role in the increased prevalence of hearing loss. Exposure to loud sounds is more prevalent, specifically in recreation areas and work environments. Modern technology is frequently loud, and we’re being exposed to loud music and other noises in more places. It’s frequently the younger age groups who have the highest amount of noise exposure in:
- Bars, clubs, and concerts
- Shooting ranges
Moreover, many people are cranking the volume of their music up to harmful volumes and are using earbuds. And a larger number of people are now making use of painkillers, either to treat chronic pain or recreationally. Long-term, regular use of opiates, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin have also been connected with an increased risk of hearing loss.
How is Hearing Loss as a Health Crisis Being Dealt With by Society?
Local, national, and world organizations have recognized the issue. They’re educating the public as a step to slow this growing trend with the following:
- Risk factors
- Treatment options
These organizations also motivate individuals to:
- Use their hearing aids
- Recognize their level of hearing loss risk
- Have their hearing examined earlier in their lives
Any delays in these activities make the affect of hearing loss significantly worse.
Solutions are being looked for by government organizations, healthcare providers, and scientists. They’re also looking for ways to bring hearing-loss related costs down. Advanced hearing technology will be increased and lives will be significantly enhanced.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with scientists and organizations to develop comprehensive strategies. They are incorporating education, awareness, and health services to decrease the danger of hearing loss in underserved groups.
Local leaders are being educated on the health impact of noise by being given researched-based guidelines for communities. They explain what safe noise exposure is, and help communities minimize noise exposure for residents. In addition, they are furthering research on how opiate use and abuse can raise the chance of hearing loss.
Can You do Anything?
Hearing loss is a public health problem so remain informed. Share practical information with other people and take steps to slow the advancement of your own hearing loss.
Have your own hearing examined if you believe you’re dealing with hearing loss. Be sure you get and use your hearing aids if you learn that you need them.
The main goal is to avoid all hearing loss. When you wear your hearing aids, you help people understand they’re not alone. You’re bringing awareness about the problem of hearing loss in your community. This awareness has the power to transform attitudes, actions, and policies.