Nearly 40 million Americans have a hearing loss, according to the Better Hearing Institute. Hearing loss negatively impacts quality of life, personal relationships, and of course, your ability to communicate.
Hearing loss can occur at any age and can be caused by a variety of factors, including exposure to loud noise, medications, infections, head or ear trauma, genetic factors, disease, and the natural aging process. The vast majority of hearing problems do not require medical or surgical intervention. Some 90 to 95 percent of all cases of hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids.
Hearing loss can be very gradual, so you may not notice it immediately. You may have hearing loss if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- You hear people speaking but you have to strain to understand their words. You frequently ask people to repeat what they said.
- You don’t laugh at jokes because you miss too much of the story or the punch line.
- You frequently complain that people mumble.
- You need to ask others about the details of a meeting you just attended.
- You play the TV or radio louder than your friends, spouse, and relatives.
- You cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone.
- You find it difficult to hear the higher pitched voices of children and women.
- You find that when people look directly at you while they speak to you, it makes it easier to understand what they are saying.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a doctoral-level audiologist can conduct a comprehensive hearing evaluation to help determine if you have a hearing problem that may need treatment.
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