Facts about Hearing Loss
- Approximately 36 millions Americans suffer from hearing loss.
- More than half of the people with hearing loss are younger than age 65.
- Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being.
- Hearing impairment can decrease your quality of life!
- Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States.
Signs you may have a hearing loss:
- Difficulty hearing people talk in noisy environments such as a restaurant, shopping mall, in a car, or at the movie theater.
- People seem to “mumble” all the time.
- Family, friends, or colleagues often have to repeat themselves when speaking with you.
- You have trouble hearing people when they are not facing you or are in another room.
- You have trouble following conversations.
- You have ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in your ears.
What causes hearing loss?
- Exposure to excessive loud noise.
- Ear infections, trauma, or ear disease.
- Harm of the inner ear and ear drum from contact with a foreign object (cotton swabs, fingers, bugs etc).
- Illness or certain medications.
- Deteriorating hearing due to the normal aging process.
How to protect your hearing:
- Wear hearing protection when around sounds louder than 85 dB for a long period of time.
- There are different types of hearing protection such as foam earplugs, earmuffs and custom hearing protection devices.
- Contact us for custom hearing protection information.
- Turn down the volume when listening to the radio, the TV, MP3 player, or anything through ear buds and headphones. (visit www.TurnItToTheLeft.com).
- Walk away from noise.
- Other than hearing protection or hearing aids, do not put anything in your ear!
*Taken from the American Academy of Audiology website, www.audiology.org