Hearing Loss Also Hurts the People Around You.
Many people suffer from hearing loss — and we’re not just talking about the people whose ears are affected. Hearing loss affects friends, family, co-workers, business associates, and everyone a person with a hearing problem comes into contact with.
That’s a lot of people! In fact, the latest available statistics show that over 10% of the U.S. population reports difficulty hearing! That’s more than 31 million people! And as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, that number promises to increase dramatically!
That’s why the caring professionals at Audiology Affiliates are dedicated to providing lasting solutions for our patients.
The Numbers Tell the Hearing Loss Story
Are you someone who no longer hears as well as you once did? If so, you are certainly not alone. Consider these statistics reported by Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D., former Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute:
- 3 in 10 people over age 60 have hearing loss
- 1 in 6 Baby Boomers (ages 41-59), or 14.6%, have a hearing problem
- 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40), or 7.4%, already have hearing loss
- At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems
- 3 in 1,000 infants are born with serious to profound hearing loss
In addition, studies have linked untreated hearing loss to emotional, physical, mental and psychological issues, as well as economic disadvantages!
Hearing Loss Happens for Many Reasons
There are many “myths” about hearing loss that sometimes keep those with hearing issues from doing anything about it. One of the most common myths about hearing loss is that only “old people” suffer from it. In fact, the reverse is true. The majority (65%) of people with hearing loss are younger than 65 and 6 million people in the U.S. between 18 and 44 suffer from hearing loss, according to the Better Hearing Institute.
The primary causes of hearing loss include:
- Exposure to noise
- Family history of hearing loss
- Aging process
Get The Hearing Loss Help You Need & The Thoughtful Care You Want
The type of hearing loss you are experience determines the specific treatment required. The first step is determining whether your hearing loss is:
- Conductive Hearing Loss: This is usually a temporary type of loss that can be fixed with medication or a short procedure. On rare occasions it can require surgery.
- Sensorineural Hearing Loss: This is caused when tiny hairs in the cochlea are missing or damaged. The only current treatment for sensorineural hearing loss is a hearing aid.
- Mixed Hearing Loss: This is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. It is usually treated with hearing aids and a combination of medication, a short procedure or surgery.
You can depend on the skilled, caring staff at Audiology Affiliates to expertly diagnose and explain your hearing loss. We will then carefully guide you through all the treatment options and best solutions for your hearing problems.
Get out of your hearing loss prison!