Hearing Loss In Men: Why Is It More Common?

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Jim Fulham

Jim Fulham

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Mr Jim Fulham, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing, has been an audiologist for the past 30 years and is highly recognised as a conscientious and caring professional. Jim has been with Hidden Hearing since 2000 and took control of the Cavan Branch in 2013. This Branch is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Hearing Care in Ireland.

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hearingloss in one earAlthough men and women have the same ear structure, men are much more likely to develop hearing loss than women. Because the biological construction of the ear is identical, regardless of gender, it is clear that environmental factors must be the key to the disparity between the rates of men and women who experience hearing loss.

Explaining the difference in the way men and women experience hearing loss is complex, and may be due to a range of factors. Studies show that men may also be more reluctant to seek help for hearing loss, perhaps because of the stigma of wearing hearing aids, which may cause their problems to worsen and present as a more severe hearing loss when they eventually report the problem.

Why Are Men More Likely To Experience Hearing Loss?

  1. Noisy working environments. Much of the hearing loss we see at Hidden Hearing is noise induced hearing loss. This is often caused by long periods of exposure to loud noises, including working environments that are very noisy. Many noisy working environments tend to be heavily dominated by men, which is a key factor in explaining the disparity. Workplaces such as construction sites and factories commonly have very high levels of noise, which can cause permanent damage to hearing.
  2. Medications. Many drugs and medications are implicated in the development of hearing loss, and there may be higher rates of men using these medications than women. Particular culprits include analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications, which may be taken long term, on a regular basis, by men, especially.

Ear Protection Can Prevent Hearing Loss

Exposure to loud noises at sporting venues and music concerts can also cause permanent damage to hearing, and ear protection is vital to prevent this. Wearing earmuffs and ear protection every time you are exposed to machinery such as garden or DIY tools is essential, as is protecting your hearing on a daily basis if you work in a high-risk environment.

If you notice any problems with your hearing, it’s a good idea to get it checked out as soon as possible. Untreated hearing loss can lead to many other problems, such as dementia and depression, so getting the help you need will have other health benefits, too. Prevention, however, is better than cure, so looking after your hearing in the first place is the best way to avoid problems with your hearing at a later stage.

Get Your Hearing Checked at Hidden Hearing

If you think you may have hearing loss, or you are experiencing tinnitus, ensure that you see an audiologist as soon as possible. Many hearing issues can be resolved quickly and easily at Hidden Hearing, such as hearing loss caused by ear wax blockages, and we have an excellent range of hearing aids for you to try.

Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. We will be delighted to offer you a free hearing test, and to help you to find the best hearing solutions for you. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.

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Hearing Loss In Men: Why Is It More Common?
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Hearing Loss In Men: Why Is It More Common?
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Although men and women have the same ear structure, men are much more likely to develop hearing loss than women.
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