Hearing loss might often be dismised as an ‘old people’s problem’. But the truth is that it can occur at any age or stage.
In fact, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2021, over one billion young adults are at risk of permanent, avoidable hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices. Obviously, blasting your headphones at full volume is detrimental to your ears. But even everyday sounds and situations can contribute to the decline of your hearing, like power tools, pop concerts and even appliances.
The pandemic has also worsened the situation – with increased time spent on Zoom and Netflix, we’re now using our headphones and streaming video as well as music content a lot more than before.
Koh Si Hui, clinical audiologist and trainer at hearing aids and care solutions company Hearing Partners sheds the light on the myths surrounding hearing loss, how to know if a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, and how you can better protect your ears.