Tune In to the Whole Story When You Have Hearing Aids?
Have you noticed that you’re a bit harder of hearing than you used to be? Certain noises totally escape you or you’re asking someone to repeat themselves over and over again? Chances are good that you may need to start thinking about investing in hearing aids. If you haven’t used hearing protection throughout your life or had an infection that blocked hearing, you’ll almost certainly want to use hearing aids or hearing equipment to enhance the sounds around you. Since your hearing can also affect your balance, it’s important to make sure that you can hear properly, since a fall can have serious consequences for your health. Wear your hearing aids with pride! You’ll be able to fully partake in conversations again, not be embarrassed about missing anything, and keep yourself safe by achieving better balance. What’s not to love about getting hearing aids?
Can You Hear Me Now?
It’s not just the elderly who may need hearing devices and it’s just aging that causes hearing loss. Between two to three children out of every 1,000 in the United States are simply born with some level of hearing loss in one or both of their ears. Almost a million and a half of children who are under the age of 18 have hearing problems already, whether that’s due to ear infections, genetics, or other environmental issues. Given that five out of six children have an ear infection by the time they’re three years old, that shouldn’t be too terribly surprising. And almost 7.5% of those aged 29-40 have some type of hearing loss as well. Around 15% of adults say that they have some trouble hearing.
Of course, age does play a factor. Three tenths of people who are over the age of 60 have hearing loss of some kind. Almost 15 of those between the ages of 41-59 have a hearing problem. About 13% of people over the age of 12 (that’s one in eight people) have suffered from hearing loss in both ears, according to the regular hearing exams that are routinely conducted.
What Are Some Common Reasons For Hearing Loss Occurring?
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), around 15% of Americans who are between 20 and 69 years of age have high frequency hearing loss from being exposed to noise in the workplace or from leisure activities. For example, listening to loud music on headphones or working on a construction site without the proper hearing protection can both do damage to your ears.
Infections or other disorders can also be responsible for hearing loss. A virus, disease, head trauma, and other diseases can take a toll on one’s hearing, especially if the patient is younger or already elderly. Many children who suffer from hearing loss often do so after an ear infection, for example.
Age is one of the most common reasons for adults to complain about hearing loss. As we get older, our sight and hearing naturally declines somewhat. There could also be a genetic reason such as otosclerosis which causes hearing loss.
Why Should I Get Hearing Aids?
Surprisingly, adults who are over the age of 70 who could really use hearing aids often don’t use them. Under 30% have ever used hearing aids in that age bracket and that number continues to decrease in people between 20 and 69 years old.
Using a hearing aid will help with hearing and speech comprehension, making many day-to-day tasks easier. You’ll increase your overall quality of life by being able to follow conversations easier, be more aware of your surroundings, and can improve your balance.
If you’re worried about cost, there may be financial assistance available if you inquire, and if prescribed by a doctor, can possibly be covered under Medicare, though that often very much depends on the circumstances.
Don’t go through another family gathering only getting half the story! You can greatly improve your situation by looking into getting hearing aids. There’s plenty of resources in terms of what kind of hearing aids to look for and hearing aid care tips, so don’t feel intimidated.