Hearing Loss

Facts on Hearing Loss

  • About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss. (Hearing Loss Association of America)
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss. (Hearing Loss Association of America)
  • Hearing loss is a major public health issue that is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease.  (Hearing Loss Association of America)
  • A study performed by John Hopkins and National Institute on Aging shows a link between untreated hearing loss and an increased risks for dementia.
  • People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help (Center for Hearing and Communication)

Symptoms of Hearing Loss

  • Noticing difficulty understanding everyday conversation
  • A feeling that you can hear, but cannot understand
  • Having to turn up the TV or radio
  • Asking others to repeat often
  • Decisions to avoid social situations or gatherings that were once enjoyable
  • Noticing increased difficulties communicating in noisy situations (ex. restaurants, group gatherings, in the car)
  • Tinnitus, or ringing and/or buzzing sounds in the ears

Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss  (Better Hearing Institute)
Studies have linked untreated hearing loss effects to:

  • irritability, negativism, and anger
  • fatigue, tension, stress, and depression
  • avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
  • social rejection and loneliness
  • reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
  • impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
  • reduced job performance and earning power
  • diminished psychological and overall health