Hearing Loss

“I didn’t realize how much my hearing loss
was hurting the people around me”

Many people suffer from hearing loss…and we’re not just talking about the people whose ears are affected. Hearing loss affects friends, family, co-workers, business associates, and everyone a person with a hearing problem comes into contact with.

That’s a lot of people! In fact, the latest available statistics show that over 10% of the U.S. population reports difficulty hearing! That’s more than 31 million people! And as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, that number promises to increase dramatically!

That’s why the Hearing and Balance Center is dedicated to providing lasting solutions for our patients.

The Numbers Tell the Hearing Loss Story

Are you someone who no longer hears as well as you once did? If so, you are certainly not alone. Consider these statistics reported by Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D., former Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute:

  • 3 in 10 people over age 60 have hearing loss
  • 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 41-59), or 14.6%, have a hearing problem
  • 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40), or 7.4%, already have hearing loss
  • At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems
  • Estimates say 3 in 1,000 infants are born with serious to profound hearing loss

In addition, studies have linked untreated hearing loss to emotional, physical, mental, psychological and even economic disadvantages! And, to make matters even worse, there are many “myths” about hearing loss that prevent those with hearing loss from doing anything about it.

Hearing Loss Happens for Many Reasons

One of the most common “myths” about hearing loss is that only “old people” suffer from it. In fact, the reverse is true. The majority (65%) of people with hearing loss are younger than 65 and six million people in the U.S. between 18 and 44 suffer from hearing loss (Better Hearing Institute website).

The truth is that there are several causes of hearing loss with “exposure to noise” ranking high among the reasons. The primary causes of hearing loss include:

  • Exposure to noise
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • Medicine
  • Aging process

Getting the Hearing Loss Help You Need

The type of hearing loss determines the specific treatment required. So the first step is determining whether your hearing loss is:

  • Conductive Hearing Loss: This occurs when there is a problem in the ear canal, the ear drum or the bones of the middle ear. This is usually a temporary type of loss that can be fixed with medication, a short procedure and surgery on rare occasions.
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss: This is caused when tiny hairs in the cochlea are missing or damaged. This loss is be treated with the fitting of a hearing instrument.
  • Mixed Hearing Loss: This is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss and is usually treated with hearing aids and a combination of medication, a short procedure or surgery. Medical referrals will be made for any patient who could benefit.
  • Central Hearing Loss: Strokes and central nerve diseases are often the cause of this type of hearing loss. Treatment for this usually involves a therapy called auditory rehabilitation.

You can depend on the skilled, caring Audiologist at the Hearing and Balance Center to diagnose and explain your hearing loss, then guide you to the best solutions for your hearing problems.

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