Hearing loss: Only 1 in 5 wears hearing aids

Hearing loss that goes untreated has different effects on many things in life, like your social life or your ability to get the full picture of what’s happening around you?

And it could also potentially have an effect on your overall health. Here are some good, healthful reasons to treat your hearing loss.

#1 to protect your brain functions – it is important for people to have auditory stimulation because they hear with the brain, and it’s important to keep the brain sharp.
#2 to reduce the risk of dementia
#3 to prevent symptoms of depression and generally improve your social life

Hearing loss by the facts
  1. Only 1 of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.
  2. Men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women. Men and women have the exact same ear structure—there’s no extra layer in a woman’s ear that better protects her from hearing loss. Therefore, the differences must be due to environmental factors rather than biological ones. This is due to the fact that noisy workplaces are primarily male-dominated spaces: construction sites and factories are common workplaces that eventually lead to noise-induced hearing loss. Hunting, target shooting, using power tools, and serving in the military are also common sources of noise-induced loss.
  3. Genes are responsible for hearing loss among 50-60% of children with loss.
  4. 3 out of 4 children experience ear infections (otitus media) by the time they are 3 years old.
  5. Tinnitus is sometimes the first sign of hearing impairment.
  6. Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are more likely to experience hearing impairment or tinnitus than post-traumatic stress syndrome.
  7. Only 10-15% of patients with sudden deafness know what caused their loss.
  8. Birds and fish spontaneously regenerate their inner ear cells when damaged, thereby restoring their own hearing.

If you think that you might be experiencing a hearing loss, Call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ today at 772-286-4327 to schedule a free hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist.

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