Hearing loss: Get the facts!

Hearing loss: Get the facts!

Have you ever considered how important your sense of hearing is to your daily life and wellbeing? If you have great hearing you may never give it a second thought. But for the 20% of Americans that suffer from some level of hearing loss, day-to-day interactions and activities can be frustrating and downright impossible if not diagnosed and treated effectively.

Did you know that hearing loss is the 3rd most common health problem in the U.S.? In fact 1 out of 3 between the ages of 65-74 report some level of hearing loss. And of those over 75 years of age, nearly ½ report hearing loss!

Age is not the only cause for decreased hearing function. Illness, injury, genetics and even some medications can contribute.

You might think that those exposed to noisy environments for long periods of time are at risk for hearing loss and you are correct. The top lines of work that increase the chance of developing a hearing deficiency are:

  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Military
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Transportation

The most important thing is to watch for the signs and get tested! There is help out there with various types of hearing aid technologies and your quality of life can be greatly improved.

Ask yourself if these situations are increasingly distressing or troublesome for you or a loved one:

  • Phone conversations
  • Distinguishing above background noise such as in a restaurant
  • Following a conversation with multiple people speaking
  • Increased feelings that people around you are mumbling
  • Frequent verbal misunderstandings
  • Often asking people to repeat things
  • Family and friends report that the TV or radio is too loud
  • Internal roar or ringing (tinnitus)

It’s not just adults experiencing hearing difficulties. 2-3 children out of 1000 are hard of hearing or fully deaf. The good news is that there are treatments available and they’re improving rapidly. You may be surprised to know that Science Care body donors have directly helped to advance the development of inner ear implant technologies that help all ages with profound deafness recover some level of hearing sensation.

 

Get tested and learn more at the resources below:

www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hearing-loss-causes-symptoms-treatment

www.hearingloss.org/content/types-causes-and-treatment

www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/basics

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