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Statistics on
Hearing Loss

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Men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women.

Approximately 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss.

There is a strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss: 18 percent of American adults 45-64 years old, 30 percent of adults 65-74 years old, and 47 percent of adults 75 years old or older have a hearing impairment.

About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing. Nine out of every 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear.

The NIDCD estimates that approximately 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities.

Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.

Approximately 4,000 new cases of sudden deafness occur each year in the United States. Hearing loss affects only 1 ear in 9 out of 10 people who experience sudden deafness. Only 10 to 15 percent of patients with sudden deafness know what caused their loss.

Hearing Loss

Although it is one of the most important of senses, we often take our hearing for granted. Hearing allows us to communicate verbally, to enjoy music, to be aware of things going on around us, to be warned of danger, and many other functions that we never think about - until it becomes lost.

It is estimated that 36 million people have some degree of hearing loss. For many, hearing loss is mild and is only evident in difficult listening situations, such as noisy rooms, with foreign language speakers, or listening to very soft sounds. Some people lose most of their hearing and communication is difficult in all listening situations. Most people with hearing loss fall somewhere in between.

Hearing loss is often called the invisible disorder. It is impossible to see, although the effects are often obvious - even though they are frequently ignored. Here are some common signs of hearing loss:

  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • Frequent nodding or saying "yes" without appearance of understanding or engaging in conversation
  • Frequent mistakes when repeating spoken words or information
  • Taking over a conversation (the more you speak, the less you need to listen!)
  • Social isolation
  • Consistently turning up the volume on televisions and radios
  • Repeatedly asking "what?"
  • Frequently asking a spouse, partner, or friend what was said

Hearing loss is the most common condition that people of all ages have. You should not be ashamed of hearing loss. Particularly if you are over 60, you may be surprised to find out that one in three of your peers have hearing loss! If you are hiding a hearing loss because you think you are different, think about how many of your friends probably have hearing loss also! Most people experience tremendous relief when they begin to discuss hearing loss with their friends - they discover that many of their friends are experiencing the same thing!

Hearing loss can occur from conditions of the outer ear, middle ear (behind the ear drum), or inner ear. In rare cases, hearing loss may also be caused by neurological conditions affecting the auditory nerve, brainstem, or brain. Most hearing loss is caused by deterioration of the receptors for sound in the inner ear and occurs because of exposure to loud sounds and aging. However, it is important to see an audiologist to have a thorough evaluation performed and accurate diagnosis made before pursuing any treatment.

In most cases, hearing loss can be easily addressed by seeing an audiologist. The process to treating hearing loss takes time and guidance, however is painless, very achievable and always worth it! The audiologist at Innsbruck Hearing & Balance Center uses a counseling approach to guide you through the process of gradually learning to hear again. This process results in the greatest benefit to patients and creates significantly higher patient satisfaction than many other clinics.

The first step is scheduling an appointment for an evaluation. During that appointment, you will find out what your hearing is like and discuss options for treating hearing loss, if it is confirmed. Our focus is on YOU. You will never experience pressure or feel rushed in our clinic. Clinics using those methods have much higher rates of dissatisfied patients and returns of devices. It is YOU we care about, not a device. Schedule an appointment today by calling 651.628.HEAR (651.628.4327) or clicking here. We have yet to hear that a patient regrets taking this first step!

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