Early Hearing Loss Detection
Although we often associate hearing loss with older adults and senior citizens, it is not uncommon among young adults and children. As a matter of fact, hearing loss is the number one birth defect in America. (source) That’s why early hearing screenings and intervention programs are so important. We are hear no just to help with identifying and treating hearing loss, but we also want to help educate our readers on how important it is to protect your hearing and get hearing assessments to help identify hearing loss before it becomes a problem for you.
The Importance of Early Hearing Loss Detection
Did you know?
One in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 experience hearing loss. About half of people 75 or older have hearing loss.
Unfortunately, many seniors with hearing loss do not seek treatment. However, it doesn’t have to be just a way of living life as a senior. Treatment options and even hearing assessments are painless and readily available.
Why get your hearing assessed?
Untreated hearing loss can have serious consequences. It can be dangerous when you can’t hear when traveling either driving or walking. Communication with loved ones suffer and it can affect you psychologically leading to feelings of isolation, frustration, confusion, depression, and has even been shown to lead to dementia. The sooner you have a hearing assessment, the faster you can start your road to better hearing and restored communications with family and friends. Contact your hearing care professional so that we can make some recommendations for your specific listening needs and show you how we can help prevent your hearing loss from getting worse.
Early Detection for Hearing Loss in Young Adults
Hearing loss is becoming more prevalent among young adults. Much of this is noise-induced hearing loss brought on by listening to loud music or participating in events where the decibels are higher than 80 over an extended period of time. Concerts, music through headphones, hunting, power tools, and work related industrial noises all contribute to noise-induced hearing loss. If you think that you have been exposed to higher levels of noise repeatedly, get your hearing checked regularly to determine if you need our help hearing again.
Early Hearing Loss Detection for Babies and Children
As we mentioned, hearing loss is the most common defect in America. As a result, Early Hearing Detection (EHDI) and Intervention initiatives are being implemented all over the country. In 1999, the Newborn Infant Hearing Screening and Intervention Act of 1999 was signed into law. Since then, 41 states plus the District of Columbia require statewide newborn hearing screenings. However, over half of the newborns who do no pass the hearing screening are lost to follow-up. Awareness is needed to get the word out that babies and children should have regular hearing screenings and hearing loss should not only be associated with seniors.
Trust the Experts at Hearing Aid Counselors
We are here to help you through all aspects of hearing loss and maintain your best hearing health and overall health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced hearing health care professionals at a Hearing Aid Counselors.