AudNet Urges Youth to Visit Audiologists to Test for Hearing Loss
U.S. counts over 6 million people between ages 18 and 44 with hearing loss, nearly 1.5 million are school age.
Burnsville, MN (PRWEB) January 09, 2013
Most people associate hearing loss with aging, but Dr. Seema Arab, audiologist at Hearing Unlimited in Waterloo’s Covenant Medical Center, points out that, “a majority of people that have hearing loss are actually under 65.”
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) reports that the majority (65 percent) of people with hearing loss are younger than age 65. In addition, there are more than six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss, and nearly one and a half million are school age.
“Many people under 65 believe their family doctor would detect a hearing problem,” said David Smriga, founder and president of NOWiHEAR “In reality, the BHI estimates only about 13% of physicians test for hearing loss during regular physical exams. And since most of those examinations occur in quiet offices, where people with hearing impairments can hear relatively well, doctors without special training would have a difficult time noticing a problem.”
Recent stories of 24-year-old musician Grimes suffering from hearing loss, and the infamous $9 million lawsuit against Justin Bieber for elevated noise levels at a concert, remind us that hearing loss isn´t just something seniors deal with anymore.
A 2010 study revealed that hearing loss among teens increased the past decade by 31%. In the United States, 1 in 5 teenagers suffer from some level of hearing loss.
“In today´s world, people of all ages would benefit from an exam by a certified audiologist,” Smriga commented. “Untreated hearing loss can lead to emotional, physical and financial distress for an entire family. But with proper diagnosis and treatment, typically a small hearing aid, an individual can drastically improve the quality of life.”
While most hearing loss in teens and young adults can be attributed to listening to loud music, there are many other things, such as disease and infection that can affect hearing at any age.
To learn more about the causes of hearing loss visit NOWiHEAR.
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