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Suffering From Hearing Loss? You’re Not Alone
Posted by Joel Lipin on August 07, 2015
Many report they have never had a hearing test.
Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Approximately 17 percent, or 40 million, of American adults say that they have some degree of hearing loss. Roughly one-third of Americans 65 to 74 years of age and 47 percent of those 75 and older have hearing loss. Men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women.
Hearing loss happens for many reasons. Some people lose their hearing slowly as they age. This condition is called presbycusis. Exposure to loud noise and some medications can also cause hearing loss. In some cases it may run in the family.
Some people may have a hearing problem without realizing it. Others might think they have a problem, but are too embarrassed to tell their doctor, friends, or family. You can help identify a possible hearing problem by asking yourself some key questions and, if necessary, having your hearing checked by a hearing aid specialist. Only 38 percent of adults ages 70 years and older and only 29 percent of adults ages 20 to 69 have had their hearing tested within the last 5 years. Only 14% of doctors when asked about hearing loss recommend a hearing test.
Your hearing aid specialist can recommend strategies to improve the quality of your life with hearing aids. Scientists are studying ways to develop new, more effective methods to treat, prevent, and one day cure hearing loss.
A hearing test should be your first step. Contact us today!