Hearing Loss Among Those 20 to 69 Less Common Than a Decade Ago
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For over a decade now, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has listed hearing loss as the third most common medical condition in the United States. Hearing loss affects approximately 20% of Americans, regardless of age. For people age 65 and above, hearing loss affects one-third of the population, while 50% of people over age 75 experience some degree of hearing loss.

In recent years, hearing loss hasn’t only been found in older populations. The World Health Organization estimated in 2015 that about 1 billion young people (children and teens) were at risk for permanent hearing loss due to exposure to noise.

Here at Preferred Hearing, we care about hearing – and that includes hearing loss prevention. There has been a big push by professionals in the hearing industry, from manufacturers to hearing care providers, to raise awareness about hearing loss. Is it possible that raising awareness about hearing loss and hearing health has paid off?
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In the journal, JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, a brand-new study from the National Health and Nutrition Survey has found reported unexpected and promising data.

Lead by Howard J. Hoffman, director of epidemiology and statistics at the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the study “compared data between 1999 and 2004 to data from 2011 and 2012, the most recent available.” For the purposes of this study, researchers defined hearing loss as not being able to hear “in at least one ear, a sound about as loud as rustling leaves.”

When comparing data between these years, Hoffman and his team found that the percentage of hearing loss dropped from 15.9% to 14.1%. Additionally, they found that “Americans’ hearing has gotten steadily better since 1959.” In the years studied, Hoffman and his team found that the “total population of 20- to 69-year-olds grew by 20 million,” but that “the total number of people with hearing loss fell, from 28 million to 27.7 million.”

With trends pointing toward higher rates of hearing loss worldwide, even the researchers were surprised. Dr. Debara Tucci, professor of otolaryngology at Duke University, points to all of the ways in which hearing loss may be declining. With greater awareness of the causes of hearing loss – such as certain classes of medications to better health practices to safer employment standards – we seem to be moving toward reducing damage to our ears.
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Though incidents of hearing loss are decreasing for people between ages 20 and 69, the reality is that we are all at risk for hearing loss.

In terms of our daily noise levels, we are exposed to much that could damage our hearing. From riding subway trains during the morning commute to loud workplace environments, to extended use of earbuds or headphones, we experience levels of noise that could permanently damage our hearing abilities.

The rise of portable electronic devices in the past decade has not necessarily helped. With longer battery life and more sophisticated technology, we are able to watch movies and media, listen to music, and have phone conversations with sound clarity for much longer than ever before. When plugged into earbuds, the volume levels could harm our hearing in a very short amount of time.
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Hearing specialists agree that noises at 85 decibels, when experienced for about an hour, have the potential to permanently damage our hearing. When wearing earbuds, the placement in our ear canals in close proximity to our eardrums, could create dangerous noise conditions not unlike those in a coal mine.

Noise-induced hearing loss occurs due to long-term exposure to noises at 85 decibels or higher, or due to exposure in a one-time event, such as being near a gunshot, explosion, or fireworks. Noise-induced hearing loss is a form of sensorineural hearing loss, in which the hair cells of our inner ear have been damaged and are therefore unable to translate sound vibrations into neural signals for our brains to register as sound.
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When attending loud live events, such as concerts or sports games, consider the use of earplugs. Similarly, if you work in a noisy environment, use custom ear protection; usually your employer will provide this.

If you are listening to music or media over earbuds, consider scrapping them. Invest in a pair of noise-canceling headphones instead, which do a better job at blocking out external sound. Follow the 60-60 rule prescribed by hearing specialists: listen at 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.

With these preventative measures, we can all experience the benefit of lowering rates of hearing loss! For more information, contact us at Preferred Hearing Solutions.
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