Hearing loss is a natural part of aging and most of us are going to experience it at some point in our lives. But you shouldn’t be having problems with your hearing when you’re still fairly young, so if you are, that’s a cause for concern. In some cases, people do lose their hearing when they’re younger but often, there is a simple cause of hearing loss in younger people and a lot of the time, it can be dealt with. These are some of the possible causes of hearing loss in younger people.
Ear infections are a big problem in little kids, but they’re not really that common in adults. However, they can still happen and if they’re left untreated, they can impact your hearing. As a mom you get really good at identifying the symptoms in little ones- but don’t neglect yourself, your partner, or your older kids! You’ll usually be able to tell if you’ve got an ear infection because you’ll notice a lot of pain as well as problems with your hearing. The good news is, it’s easily treated with some antibiotics or other options from your doctor and it should clear up in a few days. But if you leave it for too long and it gets really bad, it’s going to be a lot harder to treat. In some cases, it might not be that painful so don’t think that you don’t have an ear infection just because it doesn’t hurt. If you’re having trouble with your hearing, this is the first thing that you should check.
Exposure to loud noises on a regular basis can cause long term damage to your hearing so you’ve got to be very careful. If you’re listening to music on your headphones a lot, just take notice of the volume. You guys know that I always listen to music during my workouts and I can be guilty of hitting that “ok” button to clear the “listening to music at high levels can damage your hearing” message to push me through that last set every now and again. But it’s no joke! Constantly having it at full volume is going to do some damage over time and you’ll end up with hearing problems that you won’t be able to reverse. Be cautious and just turn the volume down a little bit.
A lot of people are exposed to loud noises at work, if they’re working in a factory, for example. If there is a lot of loud machinery around all of the time when you’re at work, you need to speak to your boss about hearing protection and make sure that you’re wearing it at all times.
Broken Hearing Aids
If you’ve already got hearing problems and you use hearing aids, it’s important that you maintain them properly, otherwise, you could be making your hearing problems worse. A lot of people that develop hearing problems when they’re younger can reduce that damage if they catch it early enough and get treatment for it. However, hearing aid repair and maintenance is so important if you want to limit the damage. If your hearing aids aren’t working properly, you’re just straining your ears more and your hearing will degenerate over time. It’s worth getting them checked every now and again to make sure that they’re still doing their job properly.
Everybody knows that stress isn’t good for you but you probably didn’t realize that it could cause problems with your hearing. High stress levels have a big impact on your circulation, which is always bad news for your hearing. Hearing loss due to bad circulation is usually linked to smoking and obesity, but extreme stress can be just as bad. That’s why it’s so important that you put your mental health first and make sure that you’re looking after yourself properly. If your workload is too high, speak with your boss and see if there is anything that they can do. You need to make sure that you’re not taking your work home with you either, it’s important that you give yourself enough time to relax and de-stress in the evenings.
Injury can cause hearing loss which may be permanent but it may also be reversible if you treat it early enough. If you sustain a blow to the head, it’s important that you go to the doctor right away to make sure that you don’t have any other damage. When you do see a doctor, it’s important that you tell them if you’re having any trouble with your hearing, even if you’ve just noticed a slight change.
Some medications can have an impact on your hearing and cause temporary hearing loss. Once you stop taking that medication, your hearing should return to normal so it’s not a huge problem. If you’ve recently started taking some new medication and you’re noticing a change in your hearing, go and speak with your doctor. They should be able to find you an alternative medication that doesn’t damage your hearing.
Natural hearing loss as you get older can’t be avoided, but if it’s happening to you when you’re younger there might be something that you can do about it so it’s best to speak with a doctor right away.
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.