The Center for Disease Control recently conducted a survey with some surprising results about hearing loss. It turns out nearly 20 percent of people in their 20s already have some level of hearing loss, and that hearing loss in more than half of the cases was not caused by loud noises from work. In addition, “About 24 percent of people ages 20-69 who report having excellent hearing have measurable hearing damage. About 20 percent of adults with no job exposure to loud sounds have hearing damage.”
Sounds like there are millions of people with measurable hearing loss who don’t even know they have it. It’s quite possible that because they are not constantly surrounded by loud noises, they don’t think it is possible to have hearing loss. You don’t have to be working a jack hammer for a living or being surrounded by jet engines to be susceptible. There are many sources of loud noises in our daily routines that we don’t pay attention to … our surround sound systems for music and movies, lawn mowers, snow blowers, sirens, even traffic, etc. Our lives are cluttered with noise!
So, what can we do about it? Just be hearing health conscious! Turn down the volume. Keep a pair of earplugs on hand. These little things will give you the extra protection you need to keep your hearing healthy. And if you suspect hearing loss, get it checked without delay.
CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss. CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified. CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life.
Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator