Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hearing Loss: The Third Most Common Health Problem in the United States

Hearing loss currently affects more than 36 million Americans today. Although hearing problems are commonly associated with the normal aging process, more than half of all hearing-impaired persons are younger than 65. With the increased use of personal music players (MP3s) and earbuds, the number of Americans experiencing hearing loss at a younger age is growing.

On average, most Americans consider hearing loss a condition that is simply associated with aging, and don’t know how to recognize the condition or who is qualified to diagnose and treat the condition. In an effort to raise public awareness for the growing number of Americans suffering from hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology in conjunction with Advanced Audiology Concepts is celebrating Better Hearing Month this May.
As part of Better Hearing Month, we are encouraging people to be more aware of their hearing health and have a baseline hearing evaluation.
Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises; ear infections, trauma, or ear disease; harm to the inner ear and ear drum; illness or certain medications; and deterioration due to normal aging process.
An audiologist is a highly educated and clinically experienced health-care professional who specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. They are the professionals with the most extensive training in hearing aid evaluation and fitting. Hearing loss can affect patients of all ages—newborns, infants, babies, toddlers, children, teens, adults, and the elderly.
You may have a problem with your hearing and need to see an audiologist, if you have trouble hearing conversation in a noisy environment such as a restaurant, are unable to hear people talk to you without looking at them, or have a constant ringing or pain in your ears.
The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist.
Advanced Audiology Concepts audiologists have a variety of specialties including:
Performing baseline and diagnostic hearing assessments
Prescribing and fitting hearing aids
Prescribing and fitting custom hearing protection, hunter’s plugs and iPod molds
Providing hearing training such as
o Listening training
o Speech reading
o Listening skills improvement

Although most hearing loss is permanent, an audiologist can determine the best treatment, which may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing training.

Why Wait? Schedule an appointment for a baseline hearing evaluation.  Call 440-205-8848 in Lake County Ohio. 

Life Sounds Great!  Enjoy Every Moment!

Jane Kukula, AuD
Paula Webster, MA
Advanced Audiology Concepts
8897 Mentor Ave
Mentor, Ohio 44060


  1. Hey!It is a very informative and useful post thanks it is good material to read this post increases my knowledge.Audiology



  2. Technology has its pros and cons – the invention of portable mp3 players is one major factor why younger people are suffering from hearing loss. People tend to listen to loud music using earphones. Our ears can be very sensitive, and it is advisable that one should only keep their music volume at moderate level, and never maximum.

    ~ Rebecca Kavel