Have you been struggling to hear? Do you feel like people around you are mumbling, or that the TV is always too quiet? Nearly 40 million Americans have hearing loss, and that number continues to rise as the Baby Boomers age. In fact, half of all seniors over the age of 75 have hearing loss. If you’ve been noticing that your hearing isn’t as sharp as it once was, do the right thing for your hearing health and celebrate World Hearing Day with a hearing test.
World Hearing Day
Each year we celebrate March 3 as World Hearing Day, and the World Health Organization (WHO) picks a new theme every year to raise awareness about hearing loss, reduce stigma around hearing loss and other communication disorders, and encourage people to look after their hearing health. This year’s theme is ‘check your hearing!’ and we think there’s no better place to start when it comes to your hearing health.
Do You Have Hearing Loss?
Many people think that only seniors suffer from hearing loss, and while it is true that age-related hearing loss affects many seniors, there are other risks to your hearing health, and people of all ages have hearing loss.
Approximately 15% of adults have hearing loss and struggle to follow conversations, especially in places with a lot of background noise. Most adults with hearing loss suffer from noise induced hearing loss, or a loss of hearing due to exposure to extremely loud noises. Whether at noisy jobsites or during loud recreational activities such as a night out at the bar, a live concert or sports event, or an afternoon at the shooting range, many activities can damage hearing, so be sure to wear ear protection whenever you think it might be too loud.
The number of children and teens with hearing loss is also on the rise, and young people risk hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises as school during recess, or in the gym. Many also spend hours of every day listening to music with earbuds, from the bus ride home to playing video games on the couch, or rocking out while they do their homework. Carefully monitor your children’s listening practices, and be sure they’re not cranking up the volume too high. Follow the 60/60 rule. Never listen and more than 60% of the maximum volume, and give your ears a rest every 60 minutes.
Who Should Get a Hearing Test?
Hearing health specialists recommend that you get regular hearing tests to ensure that your hearing is healthy. Hearing loss can be a very gradual process, and not everyone will notice their hearing loss right away. Your loved ones might notice it before you do, and complain that you’ve been ignoring them when they talk to you from another room, or always have the TV turned out too loud. If your family has been telling you that you have hearing loss, take it very seriously, and book at hearing test.
Seniors over the age of 60 should get a hearing test every year. Since age related hearing loss is common, it’s important to have yearly tests so that you’ll catch your hearing loss the moment it starts to become a problem. Early treatment is the key to successfully adapting to hearing aids, and avoiding the negative outcomes of living with untreated hearing loss.
Adults should schedule baseline hearing tests every few years to monitor their hearing health, and set a baseline of their hearing health so their hearing specialist will notice the moment their hearing changes. It’s always recommended to have a hearing test as soon as you notice any changes to your hearing health.
Children and teens should also receive hearing screenings to make sure they’re able to clearly hear the teacher in the classroom, can grow and develop along with their hearing peers, and won’t struggle with the stress of untreated hearing loss.
Celebrate World Hearing Day and visit our team at Glendora Hearing for a hearing test! Whether you want baseline testing, or need a comprehensive hearing test because you’re worried your hearing has changed, our hearing health specialists will make sure you’re on the road to clear hearing.