How We Hear
Hearing Loss Facts
- Hearing loss is the 3rd most common health problem in the United States.
- Hearing loss affects over 30 million Americans of all ages.
- More than half of all hearing-impaired people are under age 65.
- 1 in 4 adults has a spouse or significant other with hearing loss
- Prolonged untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation and depression.
- Hearing loss has been connected with dementia, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.
- Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable.
* Facts sited from the American Academy of Audiology
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How Bad Can Hearing Loss Get?
Hearing loss configurations can include one or more levels of severity and can affect low and high pitches differently:
- Mild – Some difficulty with soft speech and distance speech. Some problems in background noise.
- Moderate – Aware that people are speaking but will have difficulty understanding clarity of speech without visual cues.
- Severe – Conversational speech will be difficult to detect and even more difficult to understand. Significant impairment in a noisy environment.
- Profound – Even powerful hearing instruments may be of limited value, especially in background noise. May be a cochlear implant candidate based on aided test scores.