Men’s Health Week is taking place this month between the 15th and 21st of June. With hearing impairment being the second-highest ranked disability for men in Australia it is important that hearing health is not overlooked.
Men are traditionally at higher risk of hearing loss due to their type of workplaces. Construction workers and those within the manufacturing, mining and defence industries are most affected. Living with hearing loss is hard. Poor hearing affects a person’s quality of life and can lead to social isolation as it becomes harder to communicate with partners, children and work colleagues. It’s important that men don’t ignore the signs of hearing loss because early intervention is essential for effective treatment.
Some men may feel uncomfortable about having their hearing checked due to the social stigma associated with hearing loss but this shouldn’t be the case. It’s extremely common in Australia with 3.55 million people of all ages experiencing some form of hearing loss. Around 37% of these cases are caused by exposure to excessive noise. It only takes 15 minutes using a hand held drill or 48 minutes using a lawn mower to reach the safe daily noise limit. Don’t be shy, if you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of hearing loss or want to discuss ways to protect your hearing speak to an audiologist.
Hearing loss affects 1 in 6 Australian’s including young men, yet when men think of a having a medical check up, they often overlook their hearing health. We would like to see men of all ages taking action to protect their hearing health this Men’s Health Week. Remember early intervention is the best way to combat hearing loss! If you’d like to take a positive step towards protecting your hearing health click here to book a free hearing test in clinic with one of our experienced audiologists.