You’re in good company if you do. Here are some useful facts about the prevalence of hearing loss in the USA:
- In 2005, estimates put the number of people with measurable hearing loss at 32 million. That’s about 11% of the total population.
- For individuals 75 and older, approximately 30% have a hearing loss that has gone untreated for years, leaving them open to auditory deprivation.
- 14% of younger individuals aged between 45 to 64 demonstrate a significant hearing loss.
Untreated hearing loss makes it more difficult to communicate with close friends and family, ultimately diminishing your quality of life as you isolate yourself from embarrassing or troublesome social interaction.
The process by which hearing ability declines with age is called presbycusis, and it eventually impacts most people as they grow older. Medical or surgical intervention is effective in only 5 to 10% of hearing loss cases.
Conversely, 90 to 95% of individuals with hearing loss will discover that the regular use of binaural hearing aids will satisfactorily correct their problem.
You may have hearing loss if…
- You often ask people to repeat.
- You sincerely believe that most people mumble their words.
- You can hear conversation, but you can’t understand the words.
- You turn the volume of the TV or radio up to the point where friends and family comment on the loudness and ask you to turn it down.
- All too often you miss the meaning of the story or the punch line of the joke.
- You miss common sound cues like the doorbell, telephone or fire alarm.
- You purposely sit with your “good ear” facing the speaker or the individual with whom you’re conversing.
If you experience one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, please contact the Starkey HearCare Network clinic near you to schedule a baseline screening and otoscopic examination.