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Hearing Loss is Common – and Treatable

Our sense of hearing is innate to living completely as human beings.

 

Hearing allows us to interact with each other, and form the relationships that nurture life. It brings pleasure, such as music, into our existence. In a primal sense, it warns us of danger and threats to our well-being.

 

When hearing is diminished, more than biological functioning diminishes with it. Quality of life suffers, too. Left untreated, hearing loss poses significant long-term dangers.

 

Roughly 30 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. The condition crosses all age groups, although more than 60 percent of older adults have hearing loss.

 

Children are born with hearing defects. Tens of millions of people are regularly exposed to hazardous sound levels, leading to earlier hearing loss. The growing use of headphones and personal listening devices is causing hearing loss at younger ages.

 

The types of hearing loss haven’t changed. The number of people afflicted keeps growing, though.

 

If you notice the signs of hearing loss, don’t ignore them. Untreated hearing loss interferes with the ability to understand speech. It can diminish relationships and social interaction. Worse yet, severe hearing loss has been connected with decreased brain function and even dementia.

 

Hearing loss is nothing to be ashamed about. A proactive approach can limit its impact, and keep you connected with friends and loved ones – in short, the people you most want to hear from. Let’s help you get the most out of life, by ensuring you hear all those sounds and voices that make it worth living.