Hearing loss occurs to most people as they age. Hearing loss can be due to aging, exposure to loud noise, medications, infections, head or ear trauma, congenital or hereditary factors, disease processes and other causes. The vast majority of hearing problems do not require medical or surgical intervention. Some 90 to 95 percent of all cases of hearing loss can be corrected with hearing aids.
Hearing loss negatively impacts quality of life, personal relationships and of course, the ability to communicate.
You may have hearing loss if…
- You hear people speaking but you strain to understand their words.
- You frequently ask people to repeat what they said.
- You don’t laugh at jokes because you miss the story or the punch line.
- You frequently complain that “people mumble.”
- You ask others about details of a meeting you just attended.
- You play the TV or radio louder than friends, spouse and relatives.
- You cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone.
- You find that when people look directly at you while they speak to you, it makes it easier to understand