Five facts about adult hearing loss
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Hearing loss does not solely affect hearing –it also has an impact on a person’s entire life. It’s common too! Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. I have compiled five facts one should know about adult hearing loss.
- Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss.
- More than half of the people with hearing loss are younger than age 65.
- Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being—hearing impairment can decrease your quality of life.
- Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States.
- 95% of hearing loss is nerve-related, which means that the best treatment is amplification through personal hearing instruments.
Jessie Grzeca, AuD, received her Doctor of Audiology degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and Audiology in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Dr. Grzeca's areas of special interest include audiologic testing in children and adults, hearing loss assistance, and vestibular evaluation: ENG.