Santa Clarita Audiologist Nola Aronson shares that while hearing loss can be a result of getting older, people of all ages can be subjected to these issues.
“A lot of times children get fluid behind their eardrums,” describes Aronson. “That causes 30 percent hearing loss a lot of times, which makes you feel like you’re hearing under water.”
Fluid behind the eardrums is treatable, however, Nola advises if left too long children, can possibly experience speech impediments. It’s also possible that by the time a child reaches seven or eight, they may even have issues learning due to their hearing loss.
“A lot of these learning problems are from the central auditory system,” Aronson says. “Then they’re being diagnosed with this thing called ADHD, which really is over-diagnosed.”
Teenagers might also have hearing issues and should consider having a hearing test as well.
“People don’t realize at a young age how much noise affects their hearing,” according to Aronson. “You don’t end up seeing it until you’re about 50 years old, most of the time. You think that nothing is going to happen.”
Depending on the environment and the amount of noise they experience, hearing loss can affect a person of any age.
“Although when people do get older they tend to have more hearing loss,” notes Aronson. “(It’s) because of this noise exposure and all these years of build up of your environment and things around you, when you didn’t protect yourself.”
Musicians who are consistently subject to loud music and noise can even buy custom-made earplugs, says Aronson.
“It protects the ears but you can still hear what people are saying, you can still hear the instruments,” she explains. “Those aren’t very expensive, they’re about $230 a pair, but they’re custom made so they fit the ear and they’re not big.”
Aronson also believes that around the age of 16, a person should receive a baseline hearing test.
“It’s really exciting that there are so many things that we can actually do to help ourselves,” concludes Aronson. “We help ourselves in all kinds of ways; exercise, eating right, but let’s not forget about our ears.”
Advanced Audiology was founded in 2010 by Santa Clarita audiologist Nola Aronson, who has been fitting hearing aids for more than 30 years. Advanced Audiology is the largest diagnostic hearing center in the Santa Clarita Valley, focusing on clients with hearing loss, tinnitus, ears ringing and more. Hearing tests, hearing aids and new sound infrared devices are also available at Advanced Audiology in addition to a complete hearing healthcare program that includes free batteries, quarterly cleanings and adjustments.
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