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Is Hearing Loss On the Decline in America?

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Is Hearing Loss On the Decline in America?

Although recent studies show that hearing loss problems are in fact on a decline, hearing loss is still common in America and protecting one’s hearing is still important. This recent decline may be attributed to the reductions in on-the-job noise and smoking rates. Surprisingly, hearing loss in young adults has showed no recent signs of spiking despite the common worry of young adults listening to music at dangerous volume levels or going to extremely loud concerts.

Takeaways from the Recent Research & Studies of Hearing Loss in America

  • Americans younger than the age of 70 may hear better compared to 15 years ago.
  • Hearing loss does appear to be on a decline among Americans in their 40s, 50s and 60s.
  • Based off a recent study, 39% of the participants in their 60s were hearing impaired.
  • After the age of 70, hearing loss becomes more prevalent.
  • It is still very important to recognize and treat your hearing loss before causing any further damage.
  • Less on-the-job noise-induced hearing loss may be attributed to fewer people having industrial jobs that expose them to constant loud noise as well as the fact that workers now have more regulations, education and safety equipment to protect their hearing.
  • The decline in hearing loss in Americans may be linked to the declining smoking rates.
  • It’s never too early for hearing loss prevention; it is still very important.
  • When listing to headphones, if you can only hear the music playing and no other sounds, the volume needs to be turned down.
  • U.S. men remain at particular risk of hearing problems.
  • The researchers also found that hearing problems were common among people who spent time around firearms.

Understanding the importance of hearing loss prevention and getting your hearing tested regularly has never been more important. If you would like to discuss hearing loss prevention with an experienced hearing care professional, or if you want to get your hearing checked, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have convenient office locations in the Western New York area including in Dansville, Hornell and Wellsville.