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Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Facts

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Hearing loss is a chronic and often progressive condition that makes it more difficult for people to hear quiet sounds and focus on specific voices. Everyone’s hearing loss is different. Some people lose the ability to hear particular pitches, while others can struggle to make out individual letters. Hearing loss, therefore, is just as unique as the person who has it. 

Audiologists like to classify hearing loss into several categories:

  • People with mild hearing loss can struggle to hear sounds in the 26-40 dB range. They may, therefore, have trouble hearing soft speech or making out speech from a distance against a high level of background noise
  • People with moderate hearing loss struggle to detect sounds in the 41-60 dB range. People in this range can struggle to listen to a regular conversation, even at close range. 
  • Severe hearing loss occurs when people cannot hear sounds between 61-90 dB. A person with this level of hearing loss may only hear the loudest sounds in their environment, such as the noise of a fire truck whooshing by of the sound of a door slamming. 
  • Those with profound hearing loss may only experience sounds as vibrations on their skin. They struggle to hear any sounds below 90 dB, meaning that they might not be able to detect a person shouting at point-blank range. Not all people with profound hearing loss lose their sense of hearing entirely, but many do. 

Hearing loss and hearing aid facts

Have you ever wanted to know more about hearing loss and hearing aids? If so, you’re in luck. Take a look at the following facts. 

50 million people in the US have tinnitus

Tinnitus is a chronic condition in which a person experiences ongoing sound that has no external cause. According to the American Tinnitus Association, around 50 million people in the US have the condition. 

38 million people have significant hearing loss

Hearing loss is not something that affects only a small sliver of society: it’s much more widespread than people imagine. Data from the Center for Hearing and Communication suggests that approximately 12% of the US population – about 38 million Americans – has substantial hearing loss.

16 million people require medical attention for their tinnitus

For some people, tinnitus is just an annoyance that they learn to live with over time. For others, however, it can be a debilitating condition that wrecks their quality of life. According to data from the American Tinnitus Association, more than 16 million people have to seek medical attention for their tinnitus on an ongoing basis, and two million need daily care. 

Loud noises are the leading cause of hearing loss

While aging plays a role in hearing loss, the main contributing factor is listening to loud noises. Hearing loss, for instance, can result from failing to wear ear protection while using heavy machinery or listening to music at high volume through earphones for extended periods. 

Hearing aids work with smartphones

Modern hearing aids are much more sophisticated than anything available to people in the past. Today’s devices have a plethora of connectivity options that allow wearers to connect them to their smartphones, allowing you to stream music, calls and TV sound directly, without relying on the microphone at all.  

Hearing aids can treat tinnitus

Hearing aids can lessen the symptoms of tinnitus and, for some people, eliminate them. Researchers think that wearing hearing aids reduces the severity of tinnitus by stimulating the auditory cortex in the brain. Once it starts to receive real signals again, it no longer has to persist in a state of continual under-stimulation. It can reestablish its link with the outside world, reducing the risk of tinnitus developing. 

Many hearing aids are discreet

People imagine that if they wear hearing aids, everyone will be able to see them. While that was true in the past, technology has now advanced to the point where some people with hearing loss can get invisible hearing aids. Completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids, for example, fit inside the ear canal and do not have any external components. 

Are you confused about the facts regarding hearing loss and hearing aids? Do you think that you might have hearing loss? If so, then get in touch with us today at Listen Hear Diagnostics. We are experienced audiologists who can diagnose your hearing loss and show you the incredible range of options now available. If you would like to improve your hearing and your quality of life, call 347-450-9872 to find out more.