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.
Have questions? Just call!
With the advances in hearing aid technology in recent years, there really isn’t any reason to go through life with an untreated hearing loss.
As a matter of fact, there are multiple studies that show that by using a hearing aid to improve your hearing, you are also decreasing your risk of falling and increasing your optimism.
Here are just a few of areas of your life that can be improved with better hearing:
- Activity level. People who improve their hearing tend to be more active. They are more likely to have an active social life and tend to get more exercise, which leads to better overall health and wellness.
- Relationships. Being able to hear better means that you don’t feel so isolated. If you can’t hear, you don’t want to attend parties, go to restaurants or spend time with others, which is very isolating. Untreated hearing loss can have a big impact on your relationships with your spouse, children and other family members too.
- Happiness level. People who have an untreated hearing loss tend to suffer from depression, due in large part, by the isolation they feel. But, those who have treated their hearing loss are actually happier and more optimistic about their life. People who wear a hearing aid tend to feel more confidant and have higher self-esteem, according to research.
- Work. Using a hearing aid can increase your productivity at work. Work performance can be dramatically impacted by an untreated hearing loss. This can lead to frustration, feelings of inadequacies and even poor job performance reviews, all of that can affect your income. Studies have found that people with untreated hearing loss lose up to $30,000 in earnings a year!
- Balance. According to a study by Johns Hopkins, people aged between 40 and 69 were 3 times more likely to have a history of falls if they had even mild untreated hearing loss.
- Cognitive abilities. And last, but not least, untreated hearing loss has been shown to increase the risk of cognitive loss. Multiple studies have found a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline and that the use of a hearing aid may actually slow cognitive decline!
If you have questions I’m always here. I’ll be happy to help you find the solution that works best for your unique situation. Make an appointment today!