Life After Hearing Loss: How The Brain Adjusts To Sensory Impairments, No Matter How Minor
May 22, 2015
One of the earliest signs of hearing loss is finding it hard to follow or understand conversations
Around five percent of the world’s population experiences some degree of disabling hearing loss. That’s about 360 million people, or one in every 20 individuals. Based on these figures it’s likely that either you or someone close to you will experience a hearing impairment at some point in life. Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors, ranging from accidents to illness, but while it’s one thing to watch a hearing-impaired character on television, personally losing this sense can be a completely life-altering experience.
65% Under 65
Despite its popular association with old age, according to Dr. Craig Kasper, the chief audiology officer at New York Hearing Doctors in New York City, 65 percent of hearing loss occurs in individuals aged 65 and younger. The fairly recent onset of headphones and electronic audio has further added to the prevalence of hearing loss in younger individuals.
“Our younger generations have been exposed to higher levels of sounds for longer durations,” Kasper told Medical Daily. “We’re seeing hearing loss in younger people.”