It may be hard for you to accept that you are suffering from some degree of hearing loss. After all, you’re in your 40s—how could this be happening? The reality is, many adults under the age of 60 will experience hearing loss, often caused by exposure to loud noise.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Younger Adults
You have never had a hard time hearing, but lately you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves, particularly in group conversations, and you struggle to hear quieter moments on TV and in movies. What could explain this sudden deterioration of your hearing? It could have been caused by exposure to loud noise in one or more of the following situations:
- A one-time exposure. An explosion or gunshot close to your ears may have done permanent damage.
- Work exposure. Noisy work environments like construction sites, factory floors, and loading docks can damage your hearing over time.
- Home maintenance tasks. Lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and snow throwers make a lot of noise. In fact, even one use of a leaf blower without ear protection could damage your hearing.
- Recreational activities. Concerts, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, or playing an instrument in a band can all contribute to gradual or sudden hearing loss.
Any one of these activities, or a combination of them, could have damaged your hearing over time and you may just be noticing it now. This is certainly nothing to be embarrassed about, nor is it a sign of aging.
If noise-induced hearing loss is affecting your quality of life, it’s worth looking into your options.
Contact Our San Francisco Audiologist Office
To find out if your hearing is deterioriating and if you could benefit from treatment to improve your hearing, schedule your free hearing screening at True Sound Hearing Aid Center now.