Hearing Loss Facts:
According to the American Academy of Audiology, almost 40 million Americans experience hearing loss.
Aging is the most common cause of hearing loss in adults in the US, with more than 19 million people over age 45 having hearing loss. Hearing loss is not specific to aging adults. One in 14 people age 29-40 years have hearing loss, and at least 1.4 million children age 18 and younger have hearing problems. Three in 1,000 infants are born with severe to profound hearing loss.
Loss of hearing can be a result of a head injury, disease, infection, trauma, stress, diet. Genetics is also a common culprit.
Hearing Loss Symptoms
The signs of hearing loss can be subtle and emerge slowly, or they can be significant and come on suddenly. These common signs and symptoms are indicators that immediate help should be sought:
- Difficulty following a conversation with 2 or more people at once
- Require frequent repetition; asking people to repeat what they just said.
- Difficulty understanding what people are saying in noisy or loud environments, such as busy restaurants, malls, crowded rooms, etc.
- Other people’s voices seem muffled or like they’re mumbling
- Have trouble hearing women and children
- Listening to the TV at a high volume
- Ringing in your ear (tinnitus)
Hearing Loss Treatment
Studies have shown that hearing aid use results in improvement in social, emotional, and communication aspects of the life of an individual with hearing loss.
Hearing aid users reported benefits in many areas of their lives, according to the Better Hearing Institute.
- Almost all (95 percent) of Americans with hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids. Only five percent of hearing loss in adults can be treated by surgery.
- Nine out of ten hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life.
- The use of hearing aids is associated with reductions in anger, frustration, paranoia, anxiety and overall improvements in emotional stability.
- Treatment of hearing loss will improve interpersonal relationships.
- Most people who use hearing aids have improved social lives.
- Successful treatment of hearing loss with hearing aids is associated with greater earning power.
- Hard-of-hearing people are less likely to be discriminated against if they use hearing aids.