Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Does everyone have hearing loss when they are older?

Hearing loss affects people of all age groups.  The occurrence of hearing loss is the reverse of what most people think. The Better Hearing Institute reported the majority, 65% of people with hearing loss, are younger than age 65. There are more than six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss, and nearly one and a half million are school age.

People with hearing loss often feel alone. They think they are different because of their hearing. People with hearing loss are not alone.  Hearing loss is a common condition.  It is estimated that 38 million American’s have hearing loss.  That is about 10% of the population of the United States.

Here is the how the numbers breakdown:

  • 3 in 10 people over age 60 have hearing loss;
  • 1 in 6 between the ages 41-59, or 14.6%, have a hearing problem;
  • 1 in 14 between the ages 29-40, or 7.4%, already have some hearing loss;
  • At least 1.4 million children 18 or younger have hearing problems;
  • It is estimated that 3 in 1,000 infants are born with significant hearing loss

Hearing loss affects people of all ages.  It is not merely a sign of aging.  If you notice changes in hearing or feel words sound muffled, have an audiologic assessment (hearing evaluation).  Get started now.  Life Sounds Great!  Enjoy Every Moment.

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