The 2015 Overland Park Hearing Loss Convention was an event that we stumbled upon while we were traveling in Kansas several years ago. Our decision to sign up for it was initially based out of curiosity about it, but it happened to be one of the most enlightening experiences we have ever had. After all, going to this conference taught us a few things about hearing loss that we would have never known if we roamed the city aimlessly.
Some of these facts include:
1. 20 Percent Of The US Population Lives With This Problem
Unbeknownst to many, millions of individuals in the United States deal with different levels of hearing loss. It is not only the senior citizens who experience it but also young children and teenagers who have been exposed to noises early. Some can typically live with or without the help of a hearing aid; others need to read other people’s lips or use sign language to communicate.
2. Sounds That Are Higher Than 85 Decibels Can’t Be Good For The Ears
It has been found that any sound that goes beyond 85 decibels can cause hearing problems. Considering you do not have an instrument to measure the noise level around you, an excellent rule of thumb is that the noise from the city traffic is already at that level. If the speakers in your car are blaring or you stay in an environment where people shout all the time, you can be at risk of damaging your aural faculty.
3. It Is Uncommon To Find A Hearing Loss Patient Who Got Diagnosed Early
Last but not least, when you look at the medical records of individuals with hearing loss, you may hardly see anyone who received a diagnosis within seven years since experiencing its symptoms. The fundamental reason is that people tend to take them for granted, assuming it won’t lead to total deafness or other issues. However, if you seek help early, the doctor may have been able to treat the damage in your hearing or prevent it from worsening at least.
Remembering such facts may keep you from being one of the millions of people who suffer from hearing loss now.