WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HEARING LOSS

1) FACTS

  • Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States.  The Better Hearing Institute states that 1 out of 10 Americans have a hearing loss- that's more than 34,000,000 people!
  • More than half the people with hearing loss are younger than 65.
  • A large number of people with Tinnitus may be helped with the use of hearing aids.
  • Untreated hearing loss can affect the ability to understand speech and can negatively impact the social and emotional well-being -- hearing loss can decrease the quality of life.
  • The vast majority of Americans (95%) with hearing loss can have their hearing effectively treated by hearing instruments.

2) SYMPTOMS OF HEARING LOSS
  
  • Do you hear but not understand?
  • Do people seem to mumble, especially in loud environents?
  • Do you have difficulty understanding the television?
  • Do you continuously ask people to repeat words or phrases?

3) CAUSES OF HEARING LOSS

  • Aging
  • Repeated exposure to loud noises 
  • Injuries to the head or ear
  • Birth defects or genetics
  • Ototoxic reaction to drugs or cancer treatment (i.e. antibiotics, chemotherapy, radiation)

4) TYPES OF HEARING LOSS

  1. Conductive- A problem with the outer or middle ear, conductive hearing loss is often medically or surgically treatable.  A common example is chronic middle ear infection.

  1. Sensorineural- The most common type, sensorineural hearing loss is a problem with the inner ear or the hearing nerve, is usually permanent, and can be rehabilitated with amplification through hearing aids.
Good communication is important in life, and it starts with good hearing!  If you're having difficulty with your hearing, you are not alone, and we are here to help.  Our dedicated and talented staff is committed to finding a solution that works for you.