Losing your hearing is never going to be a nice thing, in fact, it’s something that a lot of people fear – but not normally until they are older when hearing loss kind of comes as part of the package deal. Young people shouldn’t have to worry about it, but with rising numbers of young people (aged 12-35) suffering from hearing loss and tinnitus, it might start to become something that young people do start worrying about. In all fairness, 60% of hearing loss in young people is due to preventable causes in recreational settings. So, how do you help prevent hearing loss from happening, and how do you prepare for it if it does?
Preventing hearing loss can be quite easy unless it’s a genetic trait. The easiest way of damaging your hearing is through exposure to loud noise. Tinnitus and hearing loss aren’t connected in the way that one causes the other. However, both do happen together often. This is because tinnitus can be caused by damage to the inner ear, as can hearing loss. Avoiding prolonged exposure to loud noise, like concerts, fireworks, and even gunfire can go a long way to helping prevent any hearing loss.
Having a hearing test can set your worries at ease simply and quickly. If you do have any genetic traits for hearing loss, then you can keep on top of any developments if or when they do happen. Hearing test preparation is pretty straightforward; make a list of your medical history and general health – your audiologist will want to know if anything has happened, is happening, or if you’re taking anything that could affect your hearing. Clean your ears – so that the audiologist will be able to see into your ear, and don’t have a cold when you go. It’s impossible to predict when you’ll have one, so you’ll just have to rearrange. A cold affects your sinuses, swelling them and making it harder for the audiologist to see what your hearing is like while you’re healthy.
If It Happens…
Then it isn’t the end of the world – it might be different than it was before, but the way surgery, treatments and hearing aids have developed over the years, hearing loss doesn’t have to be a permanent or even a visible thing. Invisible hearing aids have been around for a few years, and can have a remarkable effect – not only do they function well, but they can do wonders for a person’s self-esteem. Part of the debilitating effects that things like hearing loss, sight loss or anything that happens to the body that isn’t a personal choice, can be the fact that people can see it, and can make fun of it. A young person with a very visible hearing aid is much more likely to get bullied because of it than an elderly person. With invisible hearing aids and the leaps taken medically to help reverse hearing loss, is a huge thing when it comes to a person’s confidence in themselves, and when going about their normal, everyday lives.
Do you suffer from hearing loss? Is this genetic or from something else?
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