Doctors warn about hearing loss at younger ages
Living Healthy: Doctors warn about hearing loss at younger ages
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A warning from doctors about the number of Americans who are starting to lose their hearing at earlier ages than previously seen.
Doctors said, there's a very good reason why.
From the sounds we can't control to the noise we adjust ourselves, the world is getting a lot louder and it's catching up with the generation that spent its youth blasting car stereos and rocking out at concerts.
"There are over 30 million Americans that have hearing loss and of those 30 million, 65% of them are under the age of 65,” said Dr. Kristen Wells.
Noise-induced hearing loss happens when we are exposed to sounds that are too loud for too long.
The sound travels through the delicate structures of our ear and damages the small cells designed to transmit the sound signal to our brain.
Once damaged, these cells can't grow back.
That’s what happened to 52 year old businessman Mark Turkovich.
"... what he would do is say "Huh?" a lot and I'm not very patient and that used to drive me nuts that he would continue to say ‘Huh?’ ‘Huh?’” said his wife Tami.
He blames years of target shooting a lawn-mowing business and turning up the volume on his car stereo - but he resisted getting hearing aids.
"I don't want that big flesh colored plug in my ears. I'm too young to have that look,” said Mark Turkovich.
Then he went to an audiologist, where he was fitted with the newest technology in hearing aids.
They’re digital, discreet, barely bigger than a dime, and compatible with Bluetooth technology.
“It's brought my husband back,” said Tami.
"I don't feel like an elderly man anymore," said Turkovich.
Turkovich had to pay out of pocket for his hearing aids about $4,600 for the pair but check with your insurance, many policies cover the cost.