Hearing Loss – Basic Facts To Know

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, about 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of loss. Below are some additional facts:

  • About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of loss.
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a loss.
  • 60 percent of the people with loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
  • While people in the workplace with the mildest losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.
  • About 2-3 of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable loss in one or both ears.
  • Almost 15% of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of loss.

Other things to know 

  • Hearing loss is a major public health issue that is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease.
  • Gradual loss can affect people of all ages — varying from mild to profound. Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. Depending on the cause, it can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
  • Degrees of loss: mild, moderate, severe, profound.
  • Congenital loss means you are born without hearing, while gradual loss happens over time.
  • Hearing loss is an invisible condition; we cannot see it, only its effects. Because the presence of a loss is not visible, these effects may be attributed to aloofness, confusion, or personality changes.
  • In adults, the most common causes of loss are noise and aging. There is a strong relationship between age and reported loss.
  • In age-related loss, known as presbycusis, changes in the inner ear that happen as you get older cause a slow but steady hearing loss. The loss may be mild or severe, and it is always permanent.
  • In older people, a loss is often confused with, or complicates, such conditions as dementia.
  • Noise-induced loss may happen slowly over time or suddenly. Being exposed to everyday noises, such as listening to very loud music, being in a noisy work environment, or using a lawn mower, can lead to loss over many years.
  • Sudden, noise-induced hearing loss from gunfire and explosions is the number one disability caused by combat in current wars.
  • More often than not severe tinnitus (or ringing in the ears) will accompany the loss and may be just as debilitating as the loss itself.
  • Other causes of hearing loss include earwax buildup, an object in the ear, injury to the ear or head, ear infection, a ruptured eardrum, and other conditions that affect the middle or inner ear.

At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ we carry all of the major hearing aid brands, in all styles and technology levels to fit all budgets.  Call us today at 772-286-4327 and schedule your FREE comprehensive hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid and tinnitus Specialist.

 

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