Hearing Loss Facts

Hearing loss is a common, but often-untreated condition. But, better hearing is achievable by taking the right steps.

  • Approximately 36 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss.
    • 90% of cases could be helped with a hearing aid
  • Untreated hearing loss has been linked to increased hospitalizations and decreased physical and mental health.
  • Additionally, there is a strong association between hearing loss and diabetes and dementia.
  • Hearing loss is the 3rd most common health problem in the U.S.
  • Excessive loud noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss:

  • Hearing but not understanding
  • Turning up the volume on devices like the TV or radio
  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Finding it necessary to lip read
  • Inability to hear over background noises
  • Feeling irritable, fatigued or stressed
  • Withdrawing from social situations

How Hearing Aids Can Help:

  • Improved hearing
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Enhanced social and workplace interactions
  • Enriched relationships with friends and family

Hearing Aid Myths:

  • Nothing can be done to help hearing loss
    • Hearing aids can help in most cases of hearing loss
  • Hearing aids are large and unsightly
    • New, modern styles of hearing aids are often almost invisible
  • Hearing loss only happens to seniors
    • Hearing loss can affect anyone regardless of age