A new study published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery says that the number of Americans who experience hearing loss is expected to nearly double in the next 40 years. What is even more worrying is the fact that even younger people are in danger of losing their hearing.
Early hearing problems in teenagers and younger adults occur now much more often than usual. This is a sure pathway of youngsters to develop serious hearing problems when they grow older. As expected, the health experts blame the loud noise these people are subjected to at sports events and concerts, and the headphones and earbuds that constantly blast loud music into their ears.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that around 40 million Americans aged between 20 and 69 experience hearing loss or hearing difficulties because of exposure to loud noise. Unfortunately, younger people have started showing the same difficulties.
Almost 20 percent of people aged between 12 and 19 experienced such problems, and this represents five percent more people than the previous statistics showed. And it is not going to stop here. New research suggests that we are going to see more young people developing tinnitus.
This is the typical ringing in the ears that is the first sign of hearing problems. Tinnitus can disappear in less than a day but, once you have experienced it, it can reappear after several years and not go away.
Loud noise is known to have a great impact on hearing. It damages the tiny hair cells in the year that are responsible with receiving sound. Also, new research suggests that nerve cells inside the ear are more vulnerable to loud noise than to any other external factor, and this might lead to serious problems.
Health experts advise people to take better care of their hearing. Those who have already experienced tinnitus should avoid exposure to loud noise as much as possible. Also, everybody should be wearing earplugs at loud events.
When listening to music on your electronic devices, make sure you maintain a safe volume. This means that you should still be able to hear outside conversation. Also, on-ear headphones are safer than earbuds.
Most importantly, go see a doctor immediately if you experienced tinnitus. You might be on your way to more serious problems and it is better if you treat them before it’s too late.
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