Many people suffer from hearing loss… In fact, the latest available statistics show that over 10% of the U.S. population reports difficulty hearing! That’s more than 31 million people! And as the Baby Boomer generation ages, that number will continue to increase. Are you one of those millions of people who does not hear as well as they once did? If so, you are certainly not alone. Consider these statistics reported by the Better Hearing Institute
- 3 in 10 people over age 60 have hearing loss
- 1 in 6 baby boomers have a hearing problem
- 1 in 14 Generation X-ers already have hearing loss
- At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problem
- It is estimated that 3 in 1,000 infants are born with serious to profound hearing loss
Causes of Hearing LossThe most common “myths” about hearing loss is that only “old people” suffer from it! In fact, the reverse is true! The majority (65%) of people with hearing loss are younger than 65 and six million people in the U.S. between 18 and 44 suffer from hearing loss (Better Hearing Institute). There are several causes of hearing loss with “exposure to noise” ranking high among the reasons. The primary causes of hearing loss are:
- Exposure to noise
- Family history of hearing loss
- Aging process
- Head trauma
Types of Hearing LossNot all hearing loss can be corrected through the use of hearing aids or alternative listening devices. The type of hearing loss determines the specific treatment required.
There are four types of hearing loss:
- Conductive: Blockage prevents sound from reaching the inner ear. This could be caused by something as simple as earwax buildup!
- Sensorineural: Caused when tiny hairs in the cochlea are missing or damaged. Age related and noise induced are the most common.
- Mixed: This is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
- Central: Strokes and central nerve disorders cause of this type of hearing loss.