Deafness is a disease of the elderly? Young people also win

This year s March 3rd is the 16th Early Love Day in the country, and the theme is Safe Ears, Protecting Hearing. According to statistics from 2006, there are 27.8 million hearing-impaired patients in China. Due to the birth of about 30,000 deaf newborns every year, and the increasing number of senile deafness, the number of hearing-impaired patients in the country should be no less than 30 million. What is even more worrying is that in recent years, tinnitus, deafness and other diseases are not uncommon among young people, and they are becoming younger.

The study found that with the popularization of MP3, mobile phones, tablet computers and other electronic products and the increase of entertainment venues such as karaoke halls, bars, people are increasing the risk of noise-induced hearing loss due to improper use of the ear . Especially the risk of adolescents is greater. Studies show that about 12% to 15% of adolescents hearing health is affected by recreational noise.

A survey of 1,000 MP3 users between 16 and 34 years old in the UK found that when young people listen to MP3 at high volume for a long time, their hearing may have deteriorated at the age of 40, and they are deaf 20 to 30 years earlier than the previous generation. A domestic survey of college students also found that in the two hearing tests conducted before and after graduation, many students experienced hearing loss at a certain frequency upon graduation, which is related to long-term wearing of headphones and strong noise. Recreational activities in the environment have a lot to do with it.

Similarly, in the past, the symptoms of hearing loss only appeared in the elderly around 60 years old, and now even teenagers have begun to appear. In addition, the incidence of tinnitus and sudden deafness in urban population under 40 is also increasing, and young office workers, college students and even high school students will appear in the office. Their symptoms are mostly hearing loss, persistent tinnitus, or total hearing loss.

I don t take tinnitus seriously. If it is transient tinnitus, it is usually a physiological phenomenon, and you do not need to be overly nervous. But if you have persistent tinnitus, especially with other symptoms such as dizziness and headache, you need to be alert. About 70% of sudden deaf patients are accompanied by tinnitus before and after deafness, which usually occurs a few hours before deafness, and is mostly humming, which can last for one month or more. So when tinnitus occurs, don t take it lightly, it may be a sign of sudden deafness.

Many young people mistakenly believe that the hearing loss is far away from them. The general injury may temporarily not affect his communication with others, and it is difficult to cause vigilance. Only when he finds that the hearing loss is severe, he goes to the doctor for treatment. It is likely to be permanent hearing impairment.

In the opinion of experts, although large-scale and long-term clinical investigations are still lacking, in a few years, these people will prematurely enter the hearing-impaired population. Having a pair of ears that are aging in advance will inevitably cause ear disease in advance.

Hearing declines naturally when he is old. Because senile deafness occurs progressively, most elderly people who have long-term early symptoms such as tinnitus and back of the ear will mistakenly think that it is a normal physiological phenomenon when they are older and fail to intervene in time, resulting in hearing impairment or hearing failure. In fact, early detection and early intervention can protect residual hearing, and early prevention can delay the aging process of the auditory system.

Although I can hear the sound, I often cannot understand what is being said; long-term tinnitus and television sounds are loud but I cannot hear them; the voice is getting louder and louder … These may be the early manifestations of senile deafness, As soon as these symptoms appear, you should go to the doctor as soon as possible. In addition, when the level of senile deafness is above moderate to severe, intervention should be conducted under the guidance of doctors and audiologists, such as wearing hearing aids.

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