The Facts About Hearing Loss
Hearing loss facts to inspire understanding + action
Hearing loss affects 48 million people in the United States. Hearing loss can occur at birth or can develop at any age. There have been many advances in all aspects of hearing health care so that from the youngest infant to the eldest senior citizen, there are new and exciting options available to help.
Treatment options vary depending on the degree or type of hearing loss, age of onset and individual lifestyle needs. If you suspect that you or a family member has a hearing loss, the best place to start is with a hearing evaluation by a licensed audiologist.
Hearing loss facts: Adults
Hearing loss facts: Children
Hearing loss facts: Noise exposure
Hearing loss facts: Treatment
Hearing aids can offer dramatic improvement for most people with hearing loss
People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help
15 million people in the United States with hearing loss avoid seeking help
Only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss
Speechreading is the more current word for lipreading
Types of hearing loss
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May be damage to the cochlea (inner ear), auditory nerve, or the auditory centers of the brain
Individuals may benefit from a hearing aid, cochlear implant, communication therapies, other medical management depending on the degree of the loss or the cause of the loss
Indicates that there is a problem with the mechanism that conducts sound from the environment to the inner ear
Problems in the external auditory canal (outer ear), eardrum, or the bones of hearing (the middle ear) may cause a conductive loss
Can often be corrected by medication or surgery
If it cannot be corrected, the individual can usually do very well with a hearing aid