Gender and Hearing Loss

Gender and Hearing Loss

Turns out that both the gender you were assigned at birth and social conditioning affect the hearing-loss journey. Knowing the facts pertaining to gender and hearing loss makes it easier to compensate for them, which will help both you and your doctors identify and treat hearing loss symptoms more quickly and effectively.

Here are a few of the ways that gender can impact the hearing loss experience:

Men are three times as likely as women to experience hearing loss

A combination of work at louder occupations and certain health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, is thought to cause men’s higher rate of hearing loss. Both protecting your ears in loud work environments and taking care of your general health and well-being will help to prevent a good deal of potential loss to hearing down the road.

Even though men are more likely to need hearing aids, women are more likely to wear them

Historically, men were more likely to see hearing aids as a visible sign of weakness, but those days are ending. Hearing aids and hearing assistive devices like Noopl are now getting less obtrusive, which is resulting in more people using them. As hearing loss become more common at younger ages, we are so glad to see the stigma of hearing assistance devices fading away.

Men tend to lose their hearing at higher frequencies first and women tend to experience hearing loss at lower frequencies first

Oddly enough, it is difficulty with hearing women’s and children’s higher-frequency voices that is sometimes a tip-off to men that they are losing their hearing! As this difference in how men and women experience hearing loss is better understood, tests are becoming better at targeting gender-specific manifestations of hearing loss.

Men are more likely to experience occupational hearing loss

Because boys and girls are born with the same rates of congenital and early progressive hearing loss, it is thought that men’s higher rate of employment in loud environments (e.g., construction, factories and transportation) is a significant contributor to their higher rate of hearing loss. Wearing proper ear protection in loud occupational environments is key to preventing significant hearing loss as you age.

In spite of the higher rate at which they experience it, men are less likely to talk about and seek help for their hearing loss

It is a well-recognized fact that boys and men are taught to tough it out, and matters of hearing loss are no exception. Early detection and treatment of hearing loss is critical, though—your brain can quite literally “forget” how to hear over time if it is deprived of the necessary input to keep the auditory system in good working order. 

The takeaway is that men should be especially careful to protect their ears and note any hearing loss as it arises in order to keep their hearing in good shape as they age. The more we learn about the demographic specifics of hearing loss, the easier it is to both detect and treat it, so we at Noopl will continue to keep you informed of new findings and developments!

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