8 Things Everyone Should Know About Hearing Loss

It’s estimated that up to 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. In adults aged over 65, 1 in 3 have hearing loss.

Did you know hearing loss was quite so common? It’s likely that even if hearing loss hasn’t affected you directly, it has impacted someone you know. Today, we’re looking at 8 things everyone should know about hearing loss.

8 Things Everyone Should Know About Hearing Loss

1.) There are 3 Main Types of Hearing Loss

There are three primary types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive and mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss is a permanent hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss may or may not be permanent. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.

2.) Hearing Loss Can Affect Everyone

It’s a common misconception that hearing loss only affects older people. Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate; it can affect anyone. Another common hearing loss myth is that it is just a ‘normal’ part of aging. In reality, only a small percent (approx. ⅓) of people with hearing loss are over the age of 60!

3.) Your Hearing Loss Impacts Those Around You

You may think that hearing loss only affects the individual. In reality, however, hearing loss also affects your friends, family and peers. Untreated hearing loss can make effective communication challenging.

4.) Hearing Loss Can Affect Your Brain

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to cognitive decline. A Johns Hopkins study indicated that the more severe your hearing loss is, the greater your risk for developing dementia. Looking after your hearing can help protect your brain.

5.) Hearing Loss Is Permanent

Most types of hearing loss are permanent. However, there are several potential causes of temporary hearing loss. These include a blockage in your ear, or exposure to loud noise.

6.) Noise Is Dangerous

Exposure to loud and dangerous noise can cause Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). NIHL is the most common cause of hearing loss. It is also preventable. Noise can damage your hearing, and it can have a wider impact on your health.

7.) Protecting Your Hearing Is Important

Protecting your hearing is something we should all be doing. By taking appropriate measures to protect your hearing, you can help prevent hearing loss. Find out how to protect your hearing with our Hearing Loss Prevention Guide.

8.) Help Is Available

It can be difficult to accept changes to your hearing. At HearingLife (formerly Family Audiology), our hearing healthcare specialists understand the impact a hearing loss diagnosis can have. We’re on hand to help you find the right hearing aid devices for your lifestyle. Hearing loss doesn’t have to hold you back!

As the third most common public health issue affecting Americans (behind arthritis and heart disease), hearing loss is an important condition to manage proactively. Contact us for help to ensure that you maximize your prevention and management of hearing loss. Schedule an appointment with our hearing care professionals today.

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