Hearing loss is likely more common in the United States among a broad span of ages than many might imagine. Indeed, we tend to be much more aware of vision issues across the generations and somewhat blind to hearing loss among any other age group than the elderly. Hearing loss in adolescents is an issue that one can do one’s best to prevent today.
Is Teenage Hearing Loss on the Rise?
A prominent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that there was an alarming rise in hearing loss cases in adolescents between 1994 and 2006. However, future studies were to show mixed results, and in the end, one cannot say for certain that teenage hearing loss is increasing. This is good news; even so, the results do show that teenage and young adult hearing loss continues to be an issue today.
How to Prevent Hearing Loss in Adolescents
Common causes of hearing loss in adolescents include listening to music through headphones and earbuds, attending music concerts, and sudden incidents of loud noise exposure. Hearing loss can also occur due to a traumatic head injury, although this is rare. Teenagers and young adults know that exposure to these noises poses a threat to their hearing but typically do not take precautions and participate anyway.
Prevention starts with raising awareness of the dangers of loud noise exposure and the cost of hearing loss. At any age, hearing loss can cause frustration, social isolation, depression, and balance issues. It is worth it to protect one’s hearing!
If an adult or peer notices that another adolescent could be hurting their hearing, it doesn’t hurt to mention the concern. Looking out for each other is another way to prevent hearing loss in adolescents.
Am I Having Trouble Hearing?
How do you know if you just have trouble hearing people who mumble or if you have hearing loss? If you wonder, there is no harm in scheduling a hearing test with your local audiologist. When you know the truth about your hearing condition, you can take the next steps to promote your hearing health.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that are personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.