Studies show that women live about five years longer than men. Hey, that’s already a huge advantage to the female sex! But did you know, research also suggests that women tend to have better hearing health? For one, women are more likely to consider getting hearing aids, when in fact, men are five times more prone to develop hearing loss than women. Why is this so? Is it natural and in their biology? Do women have an extra filter in their ears?
It’s in the workplace
Hearing loss has nothing to do with how a human body is made up, but rather, with the environment that one is usually surrounded with. Oftentimes, hearing loss develops from the workplace. The hearing loss resulting from the noise that is heard in a prolonged duration is what we call noise-induced hearing loss. Males have the higher tendency to take jobs that are situated in noisy workplaces such as construction and manufacturing sites, carpentry, police work, and the like. They are also most likely to serve in the military, which uses equipment that produce great sound. This makes the male population more prone to developing hearing loss.
Use of analgesics
It has been studied that men are more likely to use pain relievers which is also called as analgesics. Analgesics are a type of drug. Examples of this include aspirin, acetaminophen, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It has been concluded that continuous use of these can increase the risk of hearing loss.
Women are more open about the topic
Women finds it easier to acknowledge when they find out that they are experiencing deterioration in their hearing. Women are also more likely to find ways on how to foster better communication. Notice how women with hearing loss would often ask the person they are talking to to speak to their “good ear.” Men, on the other hand, have the tendency to only tell their condition when they think it is already highly necessary. Ways to cope are not undertaken unless the condition is already severe.
Another difference between the two are the following. Women try to fix the situation, not the condition. Women are more likely to use hearing aids even when their hearing loss are not that severe yet as compared to men who really need it. And when advised to wear a hearing aid, women are more likely to follow as compared to men. Men, as compared to women, are also more unlikely to explain the condition to their loved ones. Women are more showy with their emotions and can sustain eye contact with who they are talking to. They use more body language, facial expressions, and gestures, which helps facilitate communication with other people better.
How it develops
Hearing loss develops differently between men and women. Women are unable to hear low-frequency sounds before high frequency ones. This is the opposite for men. Women have more trouble listening to vowels while men have a harder time with consonants. When you are unable to hear high frequency sounds, it affects speech recognition greatly.
Hearing health must be treated seriously. Damaged hearing is irreversible. The only way to treat hearing loss is with the help of hearing aids. Listening Lab offers quality hearing care complete with tests and health care professionals who want the best for your hearing. Contact us at +65 6817 5100 and let’s start giving your ears the care they need.