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Hearing Loss on the Rise in Teens

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Signs of hearing loss are often mistaken for other medical, social problems at all ages

Hearing loss in teenagers is on the rise, and recent reports about the increase in hearing problems among teenagers serve as a reminder that you can experience difficulty hearing at any age. Early hearing loss treatment is key to minimizing long-term impact for children, teens and seniors alike. However, hearing loss symptoms may vary greatly between different age groups, and it is helpful to know what to look for if you suspect a loved one has hearing loss.

Teenagers often seem to be in their own world, not paying attention to what’s happening at home or in school.  But when teens are truly having trouble hearing you, it’s time to take action.  Teens who have been exposed to loud music over a period of time may complain of ringing in the ears (also known as tinnitus) or of a sensation of fullness, as if their ears are plugged.  Hearing loss can also be caused by ear infections or trauma, and it’s important to get to the bottom of the problem quickly if you suspect your teen has a hearing problem.  For infants, children and teens, even minor hearing loss can make communication difficult, and can have long-lasting consequences.  A child’s self-image may be negatively affected by hearing loss, their ability to learn may be compromised, and children with hearing loss may experience difficulty developing social skills.

If you suspect this may be the case with your teen, book an appointment today and see how we can help with their total hearing health.

Greg Nedelec BC-HIS

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