Hearing Aids For Millennials
The world is a melting pot of different cultures. There are ancient cultures and there are also new, and evolving, cultures. Then there are millennials. We are all hearing more and more about millennials all the time; millennials’ values, millennials habits’ and millennials’ spending power. Culture is a pattern of thinking so, even if you don’t want to classify millennials as a culture, this age group is purported to have a different mind set from the previous baby-boomer generation. One thing they have in common is that they all suffer from hearing loss.
Hearing Loss In Millennials
Millennials are anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 23 to 40 in 2021). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control found in early 2017 that roughly 8 million people aged 20 to 29 suffer from some kind of hearing loss, or roughly 10 percent of the entire millennial generation. Their causes of hearing loss are quite different from other generations. Baby boomers were more likely to have been exposed to damaging noises in the workplace. The younger generation of millennials is less likely to have a noisy job. Instead hearing risks within the home are more likely the cause of hearing loss for many of these younger people.
Causes of Millennial Hearing Loss
More than a billion teenagers and young adults are at risk for hearing loss because of “unsafe use of personal audio devices,” and exposure to “damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment,” according to World Health Organization 2015 Research. Among people aged 12-35 years, nearly half are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from personal audio devices, according to the WHO. “Studies that randomly tested people’s hearing have shown an increase in subclinical hearing loss among teenagers over the last 10 years,” says Howard Francis, Director of the Listening Center at Johns Hopkins. Sub-clinical means that the damage is quantifiable, even if the person is not yet aware that they have lost their hearing. “Hearing damage from headphones occurs because the noise is directly next to the eardrum and doesn’t have a chance to dissipate,” warns Dr. Eric Smouha, Director of Otology at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, adding “It’s mostly young people that are affected. We’ve become distressed at the level of younger and younger people seeing damage from wearing ear buds.”
Hearing Care Solutions For Millennials
Audiologists and hearing aid manufacturers are continuously working with science to improve and develop new types of hearing aids. A few years back, one doctor had an idea for hearing aids for millennials: stylish hearing aids for the younger generation. A small tube that fits into the ear and is aimed at people who don’t want to be seen wearing a hearing device. Some of the New Assistive Hearing Technology on the market now includes an all-in-one wireless listening system that redefines how we engage with sound through technology. These devices can monitor external noise in new ways, incorporating sound from music, video, and spoken audio. Ideal for millenials.
Whether you are a millennial or not, if you are losing your hearing then drop in to Clarisound for a free hearing test and some good advice from one of our audiologists at Clarisound. We offer suitable hearing aids and hearing care solutions for every generation.