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Did you know that men are twice as likely to develop hearing loss than women? Here at Hidden Hearing, we see people with hearing loss from all walks of life, including people of all ages, but there is still a definite gender difference. The good news is that hearing solutions are better than ever before, with new hearing aids that are tiny and highly sensitive.
Understanding the difference between hearing loss that affects men and hearing loss that affects women can help us to address our practice to offer the best options to everyone. When you notice hearing loss, the most important thing is to seek help early on, since hearing loss can worsen and cause further problems to develop when it remains untreated.
Gender Differences In Hearing Loss
- Prevalence of hearing loss. It is believed that men experience twice as much hearing loss as women in part because more men tend to work in noisy environments such as construction sites and factories. Exposure to loud noises, especially over an extended period of time, can cause permanent hearing damage. Men are also statistically more likely to risk exposure to harmful sound volumes at concerts and when using power tools, since they are less likely to use hearing protection than women.
- Hormone connections. Women are more likely to experience sensorineural hearing loss when pregnant, due to changes in the bodily systems, and during menopause, when estrogen levels fall. It has been shown that these changes can affect circulation in the ears, and any hearing loss you experience should always be checked by a doctor or audiologist to rule out serious health concerns.
- Medication. Men are more likely to take medications such as aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs, which increases their risk of hearing loss. Drugs that damage hearing are known as ototoxic, and you should always discuss this potential complication with your doctor when he or she prescribes medicine for you, especially if you, or someone in your family, already have hearing loss.
- Types of hearing loss. Men tend to notice problems with their hearing when they begin to miss the higher frequency sounds around them, while women usually notice the loss of lower frequencies first. Hearing aids can do a great deal to balance out these discrepancies, so it is important to seek advice as soon as possible.
- Seeking assistance. Women are much more likely to seek help than men, who report that they feel self conscious about wearing hearing aids and admitting that they have hearing loss. This often means that women get assistance sooner so their hearing does not continue to decline, while men do not seek advice until their hearing is much worse.
Book A Free Hearing Test At Hidden Hearing
Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions is Hidden Hearing, with a national network of over seventy-five branches and clinics. If you think you may have developed hearing loss, you can book a free hearing test with us and find out how we can help. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.