At What Age Do Most People Start Needing Hearing Aids?

At What Age Do Most People Start Needing Hearing Aids?

Loss of hearing - to a mild or moderate degree - is a surprisingly common problem most often due to age-related hearing loss. While other factors such as heredity, disease and exposure to excessive noise also play a role, age is the leading cause of hearing loss.

When People Start Needing Hearing Aids

Hearing loss is doesn’t happen overnight, but over a long period of time for most people. Here are four signs you might be experiencing hearing loss.

  1. Conversations with friends and family become difficult
  2. The person at the drug store mumbles instructions
  3. We can’t hear on the phone properly or the doorbell ring
  4. We can’t make out what people are saying when dining out

The U.S. National Institute on Aging believes one-in-three people between 65 and 74 have hearing loss. And half people older than that have trouble hearing. However, the impairment can appear sooner than that.

Consequences of Age-Related Hearing Loss

The average age of hearing aid-users is greater than the average age of hard-of-hearing people, because of the phenomenon of denial we referred to earlier. National Institute of Aging describes a number of side effects that may be avoided by purchasing a pair of basic hearing aids:

  1. Older people especially feel depressed by being ‘left out of conversations’
  2. They may withdraw from other people because they are frustrated or embarrassed
  3. Other people may write them off as ‘confused, unresponsive, or uncooperative’

Ignoring these situations is so unproductive when hearing aids may save the situation. A doctor may also suggest special training, certain medicines, and even surgery.

The Very, Very Important Question of Hearing-Related Dementia

Older adults with hearing loss, have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to research including the link below. That’s because their thinking ability, including memory and concentration decline faster than those with good or hearing aid-adjusted hearing ability.

Dementia Risk after Adjusting for Age, Sex, Race, Education, Diabetes, Smoking, Hypertension (Image U.S. National Library of Medicine)

It’s so sad to imagine oneself or a loved one sinking into a state of forgetfulness due to limited social and thinking abilities interfering with their daily functioning when a pair of hearing aids costing under $200 might have made such a difference.

Factors Affecting Onset of Age-Related Hearing Loss

A surprising number of people start needing hearing aids while still in their youth through middle age. We are not medical people, and we may not provide advice on genetic, or disease-related impaired hearing.

However, we are able to provide information concerning occupational hearing loss. This occurs when the person is subjected to very loud noises at work for a considerable period. This may be the cause of your hearing loss if you are still relatively young. By the same token it may aggravate your age-related hearing loss.

Prevalence of Hearing Loss by Time Period and Industry Sector (Image NIOSH)

Occupational hearing loss is the result of exposure to excessive noise / certain toxic chemicals as a result of a worker’s duties. It may also cause tinnitus, that annoyingly persistent ringing in our ears.

The extent of the problem is evident in the following statistics determined by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 2016:

  1. The mining sector has the highest prevalence of hearing-impaired people (17%)
  2. The construction sector contributes 14%, followed by public safety at 7%

The time-graph shows clearly how personal protective equipment, administrative controls, and engineering have all worked to reduce exposure to noise and chemicals in the U.S. This can be by providing earplugs or reducing the problem at source.

Tips for People Starting to Need Hearing Aids

If you have hearing loss, but are not ready for or don’t believe you can afford hearing aids, the National Institute of Hearing believes the following may help, at least in the short-term:

  1. Tell people you interact with frequently you have occupational and / or age-related hearing loss
  2. Ask people to face you and speak slowly and clearly when they are talking to you
  3. Concentrate on what they are saying. Learn to glean tips from lip movement, facial expression, and gestures
  4. If you don’t understand what a person has said, ask them to repeat it clearly using different words
  5. Learn to position yourself close to and facing the speaker with the background noises behind you.

When You Are Ready to Try Hearing Aids

The sheer cost of hearing aids often deters people starting to need hearing aids to try them out. Blue Angels sells modern, fully digital aids over the internet for a fraction of regular high street costs.

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