Hearing for Life

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More than 36 million Americans have permanent hearing loss. In the past five years, the number of hearing-impaired people has increased nearly 10 percent. Interestingly, more than half of all hearing-impaired persons are younger than age 65, with one in 10 school-aged kids having some form of hearing loss.


Common Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is caused by several factors:

  • Aging – Long-term exposure to sounds throughout life can create hearing issues when you’re older
  • Heredity – Family genetics may cause higher susceptibility to hearing issues
  • Loud sounds – Repeated exposure to high noise levels, such as music concerts, motorcycles, construction equipment and machinery, can result in hearing loss
  • Illness – Viral infections, diseases or sicknesses that result in a high fever can damage the inner ear and result in hearing loss; a cold or sinus infection may cause temporary hearing loss, but it should disappear as you get better
  • Medications – Some drugs, such as chemotherapy or anti-inflammatory drugs, can create temporary or permanent hearing loss

Identifying a Hearing Problem

Individuals with hearing issues often do not want to admit that they may have a problem. Review these guidelines to identify a potential hearing concern:

  • You hear only parts of conversations, and it sounds as if  people are mumbling
  • You frequently ask people to repeat what they’ve said
  • Friends and family members tell you that you don’t hear very well
  • You don’t laugh at jokes because you miss some of the details
  • You ask others to review what is said in a meeting
  • People tell you that you play music or the TV too loud
  • You can’t hear the doorbell or the telephone ring
  • Your ears ring frequently, known as tinnitus, which may be a symptom of age, injury or circulatory disorder

Individuals experiencing any of these symptoms should make an appointment with their physician and discuss the need for a professional hearing evaluation performed by a hearing specialist. The specialist can determine the area in the ear where the hearing problem exists and identify possible treatment options. Start preserving your hearing today!