Spring has finally sprung! The birds are chirping and the leaves are rustling as nature comes alive. It’s the vibrant soundtrack of Spring that, unfortunately, so many may be missing or aren’t aware of due to hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss is of course a concern for the 50 plus crowd, but as a young adult you aren’t necessarily out of the woods. Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate. Anyone at any age can be at risk, and you may be doing yourself a disservice by not having your hearing checked this Spring!
Do you think you might need to get your hearing checked? There’s no shame. Approximately 15% of all American adults aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing and, according to the World Health Organization, over 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss. If you answer “yes” to more than two of the following questions, you should have a hearing test:
- Do you have trouble hearing your friends on your cell phone?
- Do you hear better in one ear than the other when talking on the phone?
- Do you have trouble understanding when two or more people talk at the same time?
- Do your friends or family complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
- When you’re out on the town, do you have trouble hearing in noisy places?
- Do you frequently ask people to repeat what they say?
- Are your friends hearing your phone buzz before you?
- Do people get annoyed because you don’t understand what they say?
- Do many people seem to mumble or not speak clearly?
Imagine their being a whole universe of sound that you’ve been unaware of, and hearing Spring the way it was meant to be heard for very the first time. For a few tips to help prevent hearing loss, you can refer to our blog on Hearing Loss Among Teens and Young Adults.