STATELINE (WIFR) – When someone talks about hearing loss, many of us immediately think of our grandparents and the elderly, but experts say the problem is much more widespread than that.
You can do it watching your favorite team, listening to live loud music, or even at work. The louder the environment the more damage to our ears and Megan Swanson say she’s not having it.
“It only takes minutes in some situations to do permanent damage and once it’s gone, it’s gone," said Swanson.
Swanson works at Connect Hearing in Loves Park. She sees tons of people flock into the business to get their hearing checked and get fitted for hearing aids. One thing that stands out to her is how easy it is to protect yourself.
Grandma and Grandpa aren’t the only ones buying hearing aids these days. Studies show that 20% of adults in the United States suffer from hearing loss, which is roughly 48 million people. While we are more likely to report hearing problems in our mid-sixties, hearing loss affects all ages.
“A lot of my patients do have questions or concerns about their children or their grandchildren,” says Hearing Specialist, Beth Turek with Connect Hearing.
Turek says kids are also suffering from hearing problems. Those same studies show about 1 in 1,000 kids are hard of hearing or deaf and 3 of each 100 students in school have hearing loss.
“Nobody should have to work hard in order to hear. They kinda feel like they’re always playing catch up,” Turek said.
Turek says the easiest way to protect ourselves is to wear protection but also limit the noisy environments we place ourselves in. If you’re wondering how easy it is to get your hearing checked, Connect Hearing and other hearing aid services in Rockford offer free screenings.