Hearing Loss is the Third Most Common Medical Condition
Over 48 million people have some degree of hearing loss. Impacting nearly 1 in 6 people, hearing loss is the third most common medical condition people live with today. There is a range of factors that can contribute to temporary and permanent types of hearing loss which can also be experienced to varying degrees (mild to more profound). Fortunately, there are effective treatment options that alleviate symptoms and maximize hearing capacity. Treatment depends on the type of hearing loss you are experiencing: sensorineural, conductive, or mixed.
Types of Hearing Loss
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
- Aging: known as presbycusis, age-related hearing loss impacts nearly half of all adults who are 75 and older.
- Loud noise: time or regular exposure to loud noise can desensitize hair cells in the inner ear.
- Medical conditions: extensive research shows that several medical conditions can cause sensorineural hearing loss. This includes diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension.
Conductive Hearing Loss
- Ear infections
- A perforated eardrum
- An accumulation of earwax in the ear canal
- Bone growths or deterioration of the middle ear bones
Mixed Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss Symptoms
- Tinnitus: a ringing, buzzing, or clicking-like noise in one or both ears.
- Sounds are muffled or distorted.
- Needing to increase the volume on the TV or other electronic devices.
- Struggling to keep up with conversations.
- Responding with “huh” or “what”.
- Frequently asking others to repeat what they’ve said or speak louder.
- Lip reading to help identify individual words.
- Moving to a quiet space to hear more clearly.
- Hearing better out of one ear compared to the other.
- Feeling confused during conversations, and experiencing miscommunication.