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

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