Hearing loss is a prevailing problem now a days and it largely depends on factors such as your lifestyle, daily routine & work place. Here’s the hearing loss timeline at various stages of life.
Babies start to develop the hearing while they are still in the womb and they can already been able to recognize their mother’s voice before they are born. As a newborn, child ears will have been filled with fluid and their hearing is not yet fully developed. However, they would have still been able to hear loud noises, lullabies being sung to them and the noise of what’s going on around their mother. Hearing sense plays a significant part in child’s language awareness and development, which is why babies are born with their hearing intact.
TODDLERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN
When the babies start to grow into a toddler and young children, their hearing will grow and develop with them normally. They will be able to decipher muffled sounds and syllables which will help to strengthen their understanding of tone and language awareness. It’s not long before they will be able to speak and communicate with those around them. But if they have an acquired or congenital hearing problem, this will definitely impact childhood speech and language development.
Once children hit teenage years, their auditory processing matures. They will start to develop a preference in music and by now they have a good grasp of spoken language. It’s during their late teens that hearing swaps from development to deterioration, although they won’t have noticed any change whatsoever. As long as they don’t experience any noise-related hearing loss during this time, such as from a loud sound or car accident, for example, hearing should be at their prime by the time they hit 18 years old.
Entering into adulthood, early 20s will likely be your best years for hearing. If they have healthy hearing then they will be able to hear a pin drop. They will have no problems with maintaining and following conversations in a noisy and crowded room. As long as they have no other issues that could affect natural hearing, they should not have many problems hearing and understanding other people. Once a man hit mid-20s, then his/her hearing will likely start to deteriorate, but most people won’t notice any difference at all
FIFTIES AND ABOVE
People at this age have trouble with their hearing will largely depend on their lifestyle. Everyone’s hearing is different, but most people will start to face their hearing problems from the age of 50 or even early. People who’ve worked in military, entertainment industry will tend to fall in early hearing loss group.
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