Men and Hearing Loss
June is Men’s Health Month, which aims to raise awareness of preventable health conditions in men. You might be surprised to learn that more men suffer from hearing loss than women.
You may also be surprised to learn how important hearing health is to your quality of life. The Better Hearing Institute found that men who take good care of their hearing and take steps to mitigate hearing loss are more likely to stay active, feel younger and maintain professional and social engagement.
The hidden costs of hearing loss
Hearing loss is a more serious condition than you might think. Because it often comes with social withdrawal, it can increase the risk of depression. In addition, untreated hearing loss can impact your professional life and thereby lead to a decrease in your income.
Protect your ears
Remember that prevention and early action go a long way. One important step to take is simply to protect your ears by adopting safe listening practices. If you use earphones often, make sure to keep the volume down and avoid long listening sessions. If you work in a noisy environment, try to take breaks to minimize noise exposure, or use earplugs if possible. In addition, you’ll want to make sure you see your audiologist for a yearly hearing test.
Other causes of hearing loss
Research shows that frequent use of pain relievers like NSAIDs and acetaminophen increases the risk of hearing loss in young men, and those with diabetes are also at risk. In addition to taking care of your ears, it’s a good idea to follow up on any health concerns that might impact your hearing health.
Remember that hearing loss can sneak up on you and is often noticed by friends and family first. If you’re concerned about your hearing, start with taking an online hearing test. Keep in mind that hearing aids can dramatically improve your quality of life. For instance, research shows that hearing aids reduce the risk of income loss by up to 100 percent for mild cases and 77 percent for severe cases. If you’re worried about hearing impairment and you’re in the Calgary area, consider scheduling a visit to assess your hearing health.
Hearing solutions in the Calgary area
Hearing loss can be devastating, but the right treatment and hearing device can tremendously improve your quality of life. Whether you’re in the Grande Prairie area, or looking for audiologists in Calgary, come see us at Soundwave Hearing Care. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to helping you. Contact us today to schedule a hearing test and take your hearing health in hand.
All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.