May is Better Speech and Hearing month. Contrary to popular belief, a majority of people who have hearing loss are under the age of 65, according to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Furthermore, the BHI estimates that hearing loss affects more than 6 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 44. Nearly 1.5 million are of school age. So, what causes hearing loss, if it isn’t necessarily the result of growing older? And can anything be done to prevent it? Exposure to excessive noise is one of the leading risk factors — and one that’s largely preventable. Following are steps you can take to reduce your risks:
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You’re being treated for a health condition, and the medication is working as intended. But you’ve noticed you’re not hearing as well as you did before you started treatment. Could there be a connection between the healing of your body and the hearing you’ve lost? If you’ve been exposed to one of more than 200 known “ototoxic” drugs, the answer may be yes.