The Numbers Have Spoken: 5 Facts About Hearing Loss

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With the invention of earbuds and cell phones, hearing loss can affect anyone at any time, not just the elderly. Listening to loud music and phone calls can ruin a person’s hearing over time.

Younger and younger individuals are seeking help with hearing loss and are in need of hearing aids. For more information regarding hearing aids, seek the advice of a professional Otolaryngologists.

Here are 5 facts about hearing loss you might want to look out for to keep your hearing and entire body healthy.

1. Workplace Noise

Workplace noise is one of the leading hearing loss causes. This could be from a job in a factory, construction work, stadium and concert venues, phone work, and industrial equipment used in many different areas.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or NIOSH is tasked with keeping the hearing loss of workers as low as possible. They recommend that workers not be exposed to noise levels above 85 decibels or dBA for more than 8 uninterrupted hours a day.

2.  NIHL – Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Many causes of NIHL are everyday types of noises such as a television played too loud, music and ear-buds directing the music directly onto the eardrum, and car music.

Many young people who make adjustments to their vehicle’s stereo system to play louder and louder, especially the base, are at the highest risk of hearing loss. When they damage their hearing at a young age, they will be forced to wear hearing aids in their 20s and 30s. This causes more issues than health problems.

3. Conductive Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss is part of the ear canal and outer ear. Earwax and swimmers ear are the most common causes of conductive hearing loss. The genetics that leads to malformations are another cause of this type of hearing loss, although this is usually detected earlier in a person’s life rather than later.

Bone lesions are the final cause of this type of hearing loss in which the bones grow within the ear canal making it smaller. This could trap ear wax and water, making hearing difficult.  

4. Middle Ear Issues

Problems in the middle ear could also contribute to conductive hearing loss. Infections, typically in small children, are the leading cause of middle ear complications. Although, adults that suffered from ear problems as a child can suffer from ear infections as an adult.

Eardrum collapse, caused by excessive pressure against the eardrum, could lead to hearing loss that might become permanent if left untreated.

Trauma is another factor that could cause hearing loss in any age individual. This could be from an accident, an infection, or eardrum damage.

5. Sleep Apnea

There is a correlation between those who suffer from sleep apnea and hearing loss. Sleep apnea is the loss of air to the lungs while sleeping, causing the person to gasp for air.

Sleep apnea causes inflammation in the ear canal and that is where the hearing loss comes from.

If you think you may be suffering from hearing loss, seek professional help before it gets worse.

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