Hearing Loss Overview

Hearing loss is a medical disorder in which one's hearing capacity is impaired. Hearing loss ranges from mild to profound, in degrees of severity. It also adopts various configurations, bilateral or unilateral and up rising or down sloping.

Hearing Loss Prevalence

It is the third most common medical condition in the United States after heart disease and arthritis, affecting 20 % of the population or 48 million Americans. Although hearing loss affects everyone at any age, older Americans are disproportionately affected by it. 

About one in three individuals over the age of 65 and 50% of individuals over 75 experience some degree of hearing loss. Some degree of hearing loss is faced by an estimated 60% of the American workforce and 60% of veterans returning from conflict zones.

Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss
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Hearing Loss Prevalence

Hearing loss can be categorized as one of three types: conductive, sensorineural, or mixed.
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Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss happens slowly and steadily, and it may not be instantly apparent that someone is experiencing hearing loss because it is an unseen disease. Hearing experts prescribe an annual hearing test from the age of 50 for this reason. 

However, there are several tell-tale symptoms of hearing loss, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America:

  • Asking individuals to repeat what they are saying
  • Difficulties understanding others in group conversations
  • Believing that other people are mumbling and should speak up
  • Failing to understand someone talking to you from behind.
  • Turning the volume up on the television and car radio
  • Experiencing problems on the phone
  • Avoiding loud restaurants and events
  • Withdrawing from social scenarios

It is necessary to schedule a hearing test to assess your hearing skills if these symptoms are present.

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Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss

The Hearing Loss Association of America notes that people appear to wait an average of seven years from the time they first see hearing changes before taking a hearing test and seeking care. Several adverse effects may result from leaving hearing loss untreated during that time.

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Hearing Loss Treatment

The first step is to take a hearing test if you suspect that you, or someone you love, are experiencing hearing loss.

Hearing tests measure your existing hearing skills and provide critical hearing health information to act upon. Most generally, hearing loss is handled with the prescription of hearing aids, but cochlear implants might also be suggested. At Hearing Associates of Central Florida, we'll work with you to find the right hearing remedy to meet your needs if a hearing loss is discovered.

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