About Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss Statistics

Percent of Americans adults with some trouble hearing (CDC)

Percent of world population with disabling hearing loss (WHO)

Years people with hearing loss wait to seek help

Average decibel limits for a 8-hour work shift (OSHA)

Our hearing journey begins well before we are born. Even before we’re born, we’re already listening to the world and its symphony of sounds: mother’s heartbeat, dad’s deep voice, the cadence and rhythm of the songs on the radio.

The development of hearing is a natural part of our life journey—and in fact, so is its loss. Hearing loss is something that gradually occurs in most of us as we age, though its severity and onset may vary.

  • It's Common

    Nearly 38 million people in the United States have trouble hearing. In fact, it's the third most common health issue among older adults

  • It Increases with Age

    The rate of hearing loss triples between the age of 50 and 60, and nearly 1 in 3 people age 65–74 have some degree of hearing loss.

  • It Affects More Than Your Ears

    Hearing loss can lead to actual changes in your brain. Untreated hearing loss has also been linked to depression, anxiety, relationship strain and lower job performance/salary.

Symptoms of Mild to Severe Hearing Loss

Mild Hearing Loss

  • Hear conversations but not clearly
  • Difficulty hearing on the telephone
  • Hear well at home but have difficulties in noisy environments such as a restaurant or family gatherings

Moderate Hearing Loss

  • Asking people to repeat themselves
  • TV turned higher than rest of the family
  • Cannot hear the doorbell
  • Difficulty finding the direction sound is coming from
  • Tired and stressed from listening closely

Severe Hearing Loss

  • Pain in one or both ears
  • Experience dizziness or vertigo
  • Ringing in the ears

Why are hearing aid regulatory issues a big deal?

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