Hearing impairment and hearing loss in Germany
People's life expectancy is increasing in many parts of the world. Nevertheless, birth rates are declining. In Germany, this leads to a steady increase in the average age of the population. The increasing number of elderly people also involves a higher number of hearing problems and impairments.
You suffer from hearing impairment if your hearing loss is over 35 dB and this has also been confirmed by a specialist. Hearing loss can be detected relatively early nowadays. One of the decisive factors for hearing reduction is noise pollution, which is increased especially in cities and affects many people. This is especially true for the last 30 years. According to experts around the world, around 460 million people are affected by hearing problems and impairment, according to statistics.
More and more people in the new media are looking specifically for the best preventive measures and aids when it comes to hearing problems and hearing aids. But not only the rapidly improving information possibilities, but above all the innovative technologies in the field of hearing ustics make it ever easier for those affected to tackle their hearing problems. Nowadays, the corresponding solutions are individual.
The German-speaking countries and the numbers of hearing impairment
According to figures and statistics from the German Schwerhörigenbund, 15.6 million people aged 14 and over are affected by hearing impairment in Germany. Thus, about 22% of all residents suffer from hearing problems.
Possible long-term consequences and reasons
The inner ear contains sensitive nerve cells. These, like the remaining nerve cells in the human body, are not capable of regenerating. However, if the number of nerve cells decreases, then this is accompanied by a hearing reduction. The consequences of this are often underestimated, because the process hardly begins noticeably and continues slowly but steadily. Therefore, very few sufferers notice hearing loss. This is particularly often the case with age loss. Within society, the subject of hearing loss is increasingly being considered, and people are becoming increasingly aware of the long-term consequences.
Do you know that permanent sound and smoking can contribute to hearing loss?
In 2018, researchers from Japan presented interesting studies. The results show a direct link between the consumption of nicotine and hearing loss. You too should not underestimate this topic. If you can no longer participate in a conversation without a hearing aid, it means a deep social cut for your whole life.
Depression and dementia are often associated with progressive hearing problems. Sometimes reduced hearing even leads to accidents when, for example, signals such as a horn or a martinshorn are overheard. However, hearing loss can be controlled very well with the appropriate hearing aid - provided that you take care of it early. In any case, this topic must always be considered in connection with your entire living environment, so that an individual and tailor-made solution can be found for you.
The development of tinnitus
In Germany, there are 3 million people suffering from tinnitus. This term refers to a permanent ear noise, which can have a very unpleasant and limiting effect on the quality of life. More than half of those affected feel affected by tinnitus in everyday life. Some people are not even able to concentrate on work properly. Lack of sleep or even depression can also occur as a result of tinnitus.
After all, there is a ray of hope for those affected: in specialized clinics, they learn strategies to deal well with their illness. One starting point for treatment is, for example, behavioural therapy. In this way, those affected can learn to consciously direct their attention away from the sound of the ears to other things at the TinnitusZentrum of the Charité in Berlin. The ear noise is therefore perceived as less and less disturbing. Up to 90% of patients receive very good help through the new treatment methods and regain a better quality of life.
The treatment of tinnitus is about finding and implementing an individual, targeted mixture of different therapeutic approaches.
Hearing aids and preventive measures for tinnitus and hearing problems
Almost everyone knows someone in their private environment who suffers from hearing loss. Communication problems can often be resolved when a hearing aid is used. But how do you address this? In fact, those affected often deny that they cannot hear properly. They don't want to accept advice from family members and friends. Are you? Do you feel addressed? Then it's time to have hearing tests done regularly.
It is best to consult your throat-nose-ear doctor at least once a year for a hearing test. This is the only way for you to detect hearing loss too early as possible and to take preventive measures that your doctor will then prescribe to you. Progressive hearing loss is a creeping process, but you can influence it. Unfortunately, very few people know this.
Subsequent diseases such as dementia or depression as well as social isolation must be avoided when the deteriorating hearing situation becomes more and more noticeable in everyday life.
Do you know to what extent hearing loss increases your risk of dementia? The increase can be up to five times. However, many people are unaware of this. The brain is permanently stressed by hearing loss because it is constantly trying to compensate for the diminishing hearing. With a modern hearing aid, you can permanently relieve your brain. This will give you reliable support in everyday life, because you can understand your interlocutors again.
To protect your hearing organs from premature aging, avoiding loud music is immensely important. The aging of the hearing organs is greatly accelerated by the loud noises.