What is hearing loss?
Hearing loss is a medical disorder that affects nearly 36 million adults in the United States. Seniors are the largest group affected by hearing loss with one in three adults over age 60 and nearly half of adults between ages 75-85 having hearing loss. The contributors range from excessive noise, drugs, viral or bacterial infections, head injury or head tumors, stroke and heredity.
What are the symptoms?
- Certain sounds seem too loud
- Difficulty following conversations when two or more people are talking
- Difficulty hearing in noisy areas
- Hard to tell high-pitched sounds (such as “s” or “th”) from one another
- Less trouble hearing men’s voices than women’s voices
- Problems hearing when there is background noise
- Voices that sound mumbled or slurred