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All about Hearing Loss 


  • Age 60+ — 3 in 10 have hearing loss.
  • Baby boomers, ages 41-59 — 1 in 6 have a hearing problem.
  • Generation Xers, ages 29-40 — 1 in 14 already have a hearing loss.
  • Age 18 or younger — at least 14 million already have hearing problems.
  • Infants — 3 in 1,000 are born with severe to profound hearing loss.

Did you know?

  • Aging is the most common cause of hearing loss.
  • A study by Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging researchers suggests seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.
  • Exposure to loud or continuous noise may accelerate hearing loss. 
  • Infection in the outer or middle ear may cause permanent or temporary.
  • Ear wax blockage can cause decreased hearing.
  • There is link between some medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular  and hearing loss
  • Trauma, especially involving a skull fracture or punctured eardrums can cause hearing loss.
  • Some diseases and syndromes can cause diminished hearing.
  • Smoking may act as a toxin, harm blood flow to the cochlea, or change blood consistency. Decreasing or  quitting smoking  may prevent or delay age-related hearing loss.
  • Risk for hearing loss is increased by diseases that result in blocked blood flow, including atherosclerosis  , problems with blood clots, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and collagen vascular diseases

Signs of decrease in hearing:

  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves.
  • Trouble hearing in noisy environments, such as a restaurant.
  • Perception that people are not speaking clearly or mumbling.
  • Complaints by others that the TV is too loud.

Please refer to Audiology services for more information.  

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