Many Canadians experience hearing loss without knowing. Here’s how to treat and prevent it

Martha Perusse, a Montreal resident and peer mentor for Hear Quebec, shares her experience of wearing hearing aids for the first time at 48, highlighting the commonality of hearing loss in Canada, affecting 37% of adults. 

Many Canadians over 40 may have undetected high-frequency hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation, loneliness, and cognitive decline. 

Dr. Paul Mick, an otolaryngologist, warns of relationship issues arising from social situations that individuals with hearing loss find challenging. The preventative measures and treatments include regular hearing checks for those over 30, more frequently after 50, and wearing earplugs in loud environments. 

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Listening to music at high volumes is discouraged, and noise-cancelling headphones are recommended to prevent unsafe listening. Regular exercise is suggested as it positively impacts cardiovascular health, linked to hearing health

Studies show a connection between heart disease and higher rates of hearing loss. Adaptation to hearing aids may take time, but experts emphasize the importance of early adoption for better long-term success. 

Different types of hearing aids are available to suit individual preferences and needs. While hearing loss is more common in older adults, over one billion young people aged 12 to 34 are at risk due to unsafe listening practices. 

Hear Quebec’s young adult representative, Ashley Mayoff, emphasizes the need to overcome the stigma associated with hearing loss, advocating for seeking treatment and accessing available services to enhance the quality of life.

Source: CBC News

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