I’ve been talking for years about the dangerous listening habits of young adults and teens and about the damage they are doing to their hearing.
And, it’s not just me: the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently put out an alert warning about the dangers of the listening habits of younger people.
Losing hearing at an earlier age is troubling on it’s own, but now there are new risks associated with that early hearing loss.
Unfortunately, we have long known of a link between untreated hearing loss and early onset Alzheimer’s, but what happens when young people lose their hearing at earlier and earlier ages?
Well, then they may also be more susceptible to early onset cognitive decline!
Think of a whole group of people in their early 30’s not only with untreated hearing loss but also starting to develop Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.
Scary, isn’t it?
Of course, this is completely avoidable for most.
The two main ways to avoid this future are:
- Be more cautious about listening habits. Don’t crank up the volume on personal listening devices; Keep the volume at a healthy level and don’t listen for extended periods of time.
- If you develop a hearing loss, treat it as soon as possible. The dangerous side effects of untreated hearing loss get worse the longer your hearing loss goes untreated. A hearing aid can minimize and slow cognitive decline due to hearing loss.
Don’t worry about cognitive decline. Stay healthy, keep your hearing healthy and if you find you do have a hearing loss, be proactive and get help right away.
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