Did you know these facts about hearing loss?
- Hearing loss affects people of all ages
- Sixty percent of childhood hearing loss results from preventable causes. (1)
- Depending on the actual cause, hearing loss can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
- Hearing loss can result from numerous things: genetics, complications at birth, certain disease processes, the use of particular drugs, exposure to excessive noise, injuries and aging. Even earwax buildup or something lodged in the ear canal can cause hearing loss.
- Noise-induced hearing loss may happen slowly with repeated loud sounds over time. Even everyday sounds like increased music volume, sporting events, or using power equipment can lead to hearing loss over many years.
- Noise-induced hearing loss can also develop suddenly. The number one disability caused by combat in current wars is sudden, noise-induced hearing loss from gunfire and explosions. (2)
- Because hearing loss is not a condition you can see, we only are aware of the effects hearing loss causes. When unidentified hearing loss is present, its effects may be attributed to aloofness, confusion, personality changes, or other health issues.
Do you suspect someone you love has a hearing loss?
Consider these indicators:
- Keeping the TV volume too loud for everyone else.
- Difficulty following conversations in noisy social situations.
- Decrease in previous interest and participation in activities.
- Constantly asking people to repeat themselves.
- Frustration or arguments with family members.
- Increasing withdrawal or isolation from family and friends.