No.1 – Not everyone who has hearing loss is old. In fact, most people with hearing problems (65 percent) are younger than 65. And, more children and teenagers are experiencing hearing loss. Nearly one in five teens now has some level of hearing loss, according to a 2010 study by researchers .While you may think the volume dial on Johnny’s iPod is directly related to his hearing problems, there’s more to the story, researchers say. Which leads to the next fact.
No. 2 – Threats to our hearing lurk in places you might not expect. Protecting your ears while engaging in activities you know are loud – such as attending a rock concert – is only the start. Gradual hearing damage can begin to occur with prolonged exposure to sounds of just 85 decibels-roughly the volume generated by a kitchen blender. So while that MP3 player may be a contributing factor to a child’s hearing loss, it’s not the only one. In fact, very loud toys -those that emit 90 decibels or more – can be a risk factor. Hearing experts take the toy risk so seriously, that every November the Sight and Hearing Association publishes a list of the noisiest toys.
No. 3 – Loud noise isn’t the only thing that can damage hearing. In reality, many outside factors – from some medications to a blow to the head – can cause hearing loss. Pressure differences between the inside and outside of the eardrum can be harmful, putting SCUBA divers and frequent flyers at risk. Diseases like sickle cell anemia, kidney disease, toxoplasmosis and even herpes have been linked to hearing loss. Chemotherapy drugs, loop diuretics and some antibiotics also can affect your hearing. Even large quantities of aspirin (salicylates) may cause hearing loss.
No. 4 – Hearing loss not only affects your ability to hear and your quality of life, it may even hurt your earning potential. Untreated hearing loss may decrease your income . The good news is that treating hearing loss with hearing aids can reduce the risk to your income by 90 to 100 percent if your hearing loss is mild, and from 65 to 77 percent if it’s moderate to severe. Which leads to fact five.
No. 5 – Hearing aids change lives. Technology has made modern hearing aids more effective, versatile, convenient and discreet than ever before. Advances like completely-in-canal styles make it virtually impossible for observers to know if someone is wearing a hearing aid. Hearing technologies, can even stream sound directly from your TV, MP3 player or radio to your hearing aids, all without a relay device. The aids automatically transition from one device to another when you move from room to room. And the wireless hearing aids come in three custom styles including completely-in-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC) and in-the-ear (ITE).
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