Hearing issues are never fun, and unfortunately for us, it looks like young Canadians are being hit the hardest. Statistics Canada has released a new health report today and the results were not exactly music to our ears. Surprisingly, millennials have the highest risk out of all Canadians for developing hearing issues.
Statistics Canada released their "Tinnitus in Canada" health report today on Wednesday, March 20. If you don't know what it is, tinnitus is a hearing problem that actually has affected 43% of Canadians.
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for tinnitus but it affects nearly half of all Canadians. It is described as "the presence of hissing, buzzing, ringing, rushing or roaring sounds in [the] ears when there is no other sound around", reads the report.
Surprisingly, when discussing the symptoms at Narcity, 2 out of 3 staffers actually confirmed that they hear rushing and buzzing noises in their own ears! This is definitely something that affects millennials in Canada! You may not know it, but you may have Tinnitus!
The age group that has the highest risk of getting tinnitus? Millennials. "Younger individuals aged 19 to 29 years were more likely than individuals in the older age groups to have experienced tinnitus in the past year," says Statistics Canada in their report.
So why are millennials the group with the highest percentage of people experiencing hearing problems like tinnitus? Statistics Canada says that the reason is due to their regular headphone use, as well as being frequently exposed to loud noises.
"80% of adults in the youngest age group reported using headphones or earbuds connected to audio devices in the past year, significantly more than adults aged 30 to 49 (53%) or 50 to 79 (28%)," reads the report. This contributed to the high percentage of millennials that encounter tinnitus.
On top of this, millennials are the group that is most exposed to loud sounds, such as at concerts and sporting events. "In addition to the use of audio devices, the younger cohort was more likely than others to be exposed at work, or school, or during leisure time to loud, amplified music that occurs at concerts, nightclubs and other venues as well as to loud noise from firearms," reads the report.
Even Statistics Canada was surprised by their study results, which challenged the common belief that older people were more at risk of hearing problems. "Studies consistently report that the prevalence of tinnitus increases with increasing age," reads their report.
"However, data from this study revealed that the younger cohort of Canadians (aged 19 to 29 years) was significantly more likely than older adults to have tinnitus".
Unfortunately, this is not a good sign of things to come. Statistics Canada says that "the higher prevalence of tinnitus at younger ages suggests that population estimates of this condition will increase in the future."
To read the full health report on tinnitus from Statistics Canada, you can visit their website.