Hearing loss is increasingly common – and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Am I Too Young to Have a Hearing Loss?

by | Mar 18, 2024 | Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is often associated with old age, as many people believe that it’s something only older people experience. Age-related hearing loss is indeed prevalent for older individuals, but many younger people report some level of hearing loss.

Exciting concerts, booming construction sites, busy restaurants, and even just music playing from our headphones all play their part in damaging our hearing as our world gets louder.

If you’re reading this, perhaps you’re wondering, “Am I too young to have a hearing loss?” The answer is, of course, no – nobody is too young, or too old, to experience a hearing loss.

How Did I Get a Hearing Loss?

There are multiple ways to get a hearing loss – prolonged noise exposure, aging, genetics, and even certain other medical conditions can lead to hearing loss.

Genetics is one of the first factors that we look for; if your parents or grandparents wore hearing aids, there’s a chance that you’ll develop a hearing loss to some degree due to a genetic predisposition.

Babies and small children with a hearing loss often get it because of disease or infections they caught at a young age.

Multiple younger people report a noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), especially as a result of loud personal devices and headphones. With the improvements of technology in speakers and headphones, noise-induced hearing loss has become more frequent.

Apple Airpods allow users to keep an eye on the volume, but many headphones and MP3 players can reach up to 120 decibels – the same volume as a rock concert!

Hearing loss isn’t something to be ashamed of; we see it as a sign that you’ve been living an exciting and loud life.

Perhaps you’ve sat around friends in a restaurant and sang “Happy Birthday” or screamed the lyrics to your favorite song at a concert. Maybe you’ve been working hard in a busy office or construction site, or your family gatherings get a little wild!

Concerts, restaurants, and other loud environments all contribute to hearing loss, yes, but they’re also signs of a happy, busy life.

If you’ve read this far and you’re wondering where to start when it comes to getting your hearing loss challenge checked out, good news: you’re in the right place.

Take Control of Your Hearing Health

If you think that you may have some hearing loss challenges, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is increasingly common – and we’re here to help you, every step of the way.

Whether you have questions about hearing care, concerns about your ears, or would like to chat with a hearing professional about your unique circumstances, we’re happy to provide answers and reassurance.

Please feel free to request a callback and a member of our team will get in touch with further information. If you’d rather not wait, you can always call our clinic at (864) 999-0261.

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Daniel Hewson, M.S. Audiology/Owner

Born and raised in Western New York, Dan Hewson comes to our practice with over 25 years of experience in the field. With a master’s degree in audiology from SUNY Fredonia, Mr. Hewson has extensive experience working in several of the largest Otolaryngology practices in the country, and also as a Regional Manager with Siemens Medical Audiology Division. Father, husband and full time employee with us, Dan is currently a student working to earn his doctorate in audiology. Dan was naturally attracted to the field of audiology because he grew up with moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. He has followed hearing aid development, research and rehabilitation. If you want to know what hearing impairment is really about and how hearing devices can change your life, Dan Hewson is the one to ask. He’s been wearing hearing aids since childhood (44 years) and has an intimate understanding of the hearing impaired. His personal hearing device story is fascinating and illuminating for anyone, but especially for those who may be hesitant about the hearing rehabilitation process.

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