Q: My parents seemed practically deaf by the time I graduated college a few years ago. Will this happen to me?
A: First, I hope your parents have a good hearing center helping them with their hearing needs.
Since both of your parents had deep hearing loss at a relatively young age, it was likely caused by situational and environmental factors rather than physical or genetic factors. Also, if both your parents’ hearing systems are more sensitive to noise and more apt to be negatively affected by noise, you might have inherited the same sensitivity.
One of the best ways to protect your hearing for the future is to protect your hearing today. If you already notice some trouble, get a hearing test.
The most common methods to protect hearing are to wear ear plugs or ear muffs, to lower the volume and to keep a reasonable distance from loud sound sources. In Austin, you never know when you might stumble across a great live band, so keep ear plugs in your glove box. If you are around sudden bursts of sound, you should at least use ear plugs and/or ear muffs.