Better Hearing Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, which makes this month the ideal time to think about your hearing.

With more than 48 million people suffering from hearing loss, it is one of the most common health problems in the U.S. While hearing loss can be caused by a number of different items, here are some of the most common causes:

Age

Nearly 1/3 of people between the ages of 65-74 experience some sort of hearing loss. Once people reach the age of 75, there is a 50 percent chance they will experience hearing loss.

Noise

We live in a noisy world, and all that noise is leading to hearing loss. People who work in noisy conditions – such as farmers, miners, manufacturing workers and members of the military – are especially susceptible to hearing loss. People who listen to loud music in the car or on their earbuds are also likely to experience hearing loss.

Health conditions

Common illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to hearing loss. Trauma to the head or eardrum can also lead to hearing loss.

Medication

There are a number of medications on the market that have hearing loss listed as a potential side effect. Make sure you talk to your doctor right away if you start a new medication and begin to experience hearing loss.

Hearing loss may not be reversible, but it can often be treated with the assistance of hearing devices. If you are experiencing any degree of hearing loss, schedule an appointment at Manatee Ear Center by calling 941-745-1518 or send us a message online.