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What Is Hearing Loss?


Hearing Aids & Hearing Loss

A Few Facts on Hearing Loss:

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  • Approximately 36 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss
  • The National Institute on Deafness & Other Communicative Disorders (NIDCD) estimates thatapproximately 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities
  • Only 1 out of 5 people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one
To learn more about hearing loss, preventative measures and solutions such as hearing aids, visit the NIDCD website

How Can I Tell If Someone Is Suffering From Hearing Loss?

If you find yourself answering "yes" to three or more of the following questions, you may want to visit an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat specialist) or an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

  • Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
  • Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time? 
  • Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time? 
  • Do you have to strain to understand conversation? 
  • Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background? 
  • Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves? 
  • Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)? 
  • Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately? 
  • Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children? 
  • Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say? 

If you are suffering from hearing loss, your doctor may advise you to start using hearing aids. If you are a first-time purchaser, or would simply like to learn more, please visit our FAQ or contact us directly. 

Information from this page is taken from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. To find out more, please visit their website at http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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