Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) hosts the World Hearing Day on March 3, helping to raise awareness of how to prevent hearing loss, as well as promoting hearing care around the world. This year, the theme was ‘Hearing for Life: Don't let hearing loss limit you’.
This event is more important now than ever. Around 466 million people across the world currently suffer from disabling hearing loss, with the WHO estimating that by 2050 that number will have increased to over 900 million people.
Hearing loss, whether mild or severe, can have a serious impact on your quality of life, leaving you with physical, mental and emotional illnesses that affect both your private and professional life.
Yet many Canadians still avoid finding a solution, whether it's because of negative stigma or the huge amount of misinformation circulating online about hearing loss. That’s why in this blog, York Hearing Clinic will continue to raise hearing loss awareness with four surprising hearing and ear-related facts.
1 - Ear wax is good for your ears
Most people believe that ear wax is bad for their ears and their hearing. As a result, a large number of consumers invest in home remedies, such as q-tips or ear candles, in a bid to remove the ear wax from their ears.
This is not good for your ears at all. In fact, removing ear wax can actually cause damage to your hearing. Ear wax has both lubricating and moisturising effects on your ears, meaning it protects them from damage and prevents the skin inside your ear from becoming dry.
2 - Hearing impacts all aspect of your health
You struggle to hear certain noises and conversations, but why would that impact your quality of life? Untreated hearing loss actually affects all aspects of your health, and has been found to lead to cognitive decline, dementia, falls, social isolation and depression.
Take our recent blog, titled ‘Could Treating Your Hearing Loss Help Reduce the Risk of Dementia?’, for example. A study from Johns Hopkins University expert Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D, and his colleagues found that people with a severe hearing impairment were five times more likely to develop dementia.
3 - Hearing loss affects humans of all ages
A large number of people suffering from hearing loss refuse to visit a professional hearing clinic because they believe it only affects older adults. This really couldn't be further from the truth - hearing loss does not discriminate against age.
There are an estimated 48 million people living with hearing loss in the US, according to the Hearing Health Foundation, and a staggering two-thirds of those are under the age of 65. Meanwhile, an American Medical Association study examining a comprehensive data set of the US population found that one in five children ages 12 to 19 showed some sign of hearing loss in one or both ears.
4 - Hearings aids really do help
Hearing loss can be easy to dismiss, but finding a solution will not only significantly improve your quality of life - it will also prevent your hearing loss from becoming even worse. That's why you should find a hearing aid solution that works for your specific needs.
Once you have retrained your brain to hear through the use of hearing aids, you’ll be able to prevent the common symptoms associated with hearing loss - such as depression and anxiety.
Finding the right hearing aid solutions correlates with improved mood, better communication, increased social interaction, improved mobility, a positive outlook and many other benefits.
Are you looking for more information on hearing loss, and why it’s important that you receive a professional check up? Contact York Hearing Clinic today. Our team of hearing loss experts would love to help.