Today, a surprising number of Americans are suffering from hearing loss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that and nearly 20% of Americans in their 20s already suffer from some sort of hearing loss. What is most alarming is the source of their hearing loss. The CDC found that everyday activities like mowing the lawn or sitting in loud traffic could be causing a lot of damage to one’s hearing. “Even being stuck in traffic with horns blowing and sirens blaring can put hearing at risk,” said acting CDC director Dr. Anne Schuchat. “People may not realize that these kinds of exposures can cause permanent damage.”
Perhaps brought on by the rise of portable music players, individuals as young as 20 to 29 years old already have noise-induced damage to their hearing. The following statistics were taken from a CDC analysis on an American national health survey. These stats are very surprising:
• An estimated 40 million Americans under the age of 70 have hearing damage.
• About 53 percent of people ages 20-69 who have hearing damage from noise report no on-the-job exposure.
• 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.
Hearing damage, although treatable, is permanent. The cliché sources of hearing damage are loud events like loud concerts or booming speakers. However lawnmowers, leaf blowers, woodworking saws, and other machinery can also damage hearing. “Lots of people have hearing loss as a result of too much noise,” said Schuchat. Thankfully, we see a rise in employers striving to protect the hearing of their employees. However, we have yet to see everyday Americans protecting their own hearing.
The takeaway from this article is to make sure you are protecting yourself when you are in a noisy environment. This is especially true for our readers in early adulthood. It is easier than you think. Simply using some $0.99 ear plugs before you fire up the lawn mower, rolling up the window in loud traffic or limiting your loud music listening can really pay off in the long run.
We hope that this article was eye opening for anyone who is suffering from hearing loss or wants to protect themselves from hearing loss. If you have any questions in regard to treating your hearing loss, give our team a call today at (805) 496-3553 or reach out to us at priorityhearingaidgroup.com/contact-us.