The Facts on Hearing Loss
- Hearing loss can develop gradually, over 25-30 years.1
- Symptoms can be so subtle that people don’t even realize they’re affected.
- 1 in 10 people hear so poorly that they would benefit from a hearing aid – but only 20% of them actually get one.2
- 90% of all diagnosed hearing loss is sensorineural in nature.3
The Importance of Hearing Tests
Hearing tests are available as a part of your routine medical check-up. Easy-to-use self-assessments (like our Quiz) can be a great start. If a potential hearing loss is detected, then you may be referred to a Hearing Care Professional for further evaluation and proper rehabilitation.
How Treatment Can Help
Often, those with hearing loss may be hesitant to wear a hearing device – and that’s normal. However, it’s important to stress how greatly the right hearing device can improve your life. Studies (by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) show that compared to those who have untreated hearing loss, those who’ve sought treatment (typically via hearing devices), report:
- Higher levels of involvement in social activities
- More positive social and family experiences
- Greater emotional, mental, and physical well-being
- Fewer worries
1Hearing Review: A New High-Performance Fully Transparent Hearing Instrument by Jennifer Groth, MA, sourced August 3, 2010. 2The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Communicating with People Who Have a Hearing Loss, sourced August 3, 2010. 3Workplace INTEGRA, Inc.: Case Study I: Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss, sourced August 3, 2010.