Hearing Loss Overview
Prevalence of Hearing Loss
Occupational hearing loss is a common injury as reported by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
As an invisible condition, hearing loss is under-treated and often goes undiagnosed. The Hearing Loss Association of America reports that people wait an average of seven years before getting treatment.
Understanding Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is the third most common medical condition in the United States, after heart disease and arthritis. Because it is an invisible condition, many people who are affected by it are not always aware that they are struggling with their hearing. Unfortunately, the longer hearing loss goes untreated, the more likely it will have negative consequences in other areas of your life.
Hearing loss has been linked to an increased risk for depression, anxiety, and stress. It has also created tensions and frustrations in relationships, due to difficulties with communication. Numerous studies have linked hearing loss to dementia: hearing loss creates a heavier cognitive load for your brain when processing unclear sound signals and tires out the brain. This could lead to an increased risk for developing dementia.
Fortunately, there is a way to intervene. Seeking treatment for hearing loss is painless and easy. If a hearing loss is detected, hearing aids are prescribed to meet your hearing needs. The use of hearing aids reconnects you to your loved ones and the world around you, and it brings significant benefits to your overall health and well-being.
Types and Causes of Hearing Loss
Signs of Hearing Loss
- Do you avoid meeting new people because you have difficulty hearing them?
- Is it frustrating trying to talk to some people because you have difficulty hearing them?
- Do you have difficulty understanding co-workers, customers or clients?
- Are you starting to feel isolated or are ducking out of social situations because you have problems hearing?
- Do you think “I can hear that, but I don’t understand it?”
- Do you have trouble understanding dialogue at the movies, when you are trying to watch an internet video or in a theater?
- Are you arguing at home with family members about loud volumes on the radio or television?
- Do you have problems hearing on the phone?
- Are you asking people to repeat themselves?
- Can you hear if someone is talking from another room or behind you?
- Do you have trouble hearing conversations when you are at a restaurant with or in the car?