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Hearing Loss

Types Of Hearing Loss

There are three main types of hearing loss: 

sensorHearingLossSensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. It is permanent and caused either by damage to tiny hair cells in the inner ear or to the auditory nerve. There are several reasons a person may have sensorineural hearing loss but can include noise exposure, the natural aging process or specific medications or chemotherapy.

conductiveHearingLossConductive hearing loss is caused by a problem in the outer or middle ear including ear wax buildup, ear infection, damage to the eardrum or damage to the three tiny bones in the middle ear. Some types of conductive hearing loss are permanent but many are treatable, including medical intervention.

mixedHearingLossMixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.

Who Is Affected

Hearing loss can affect anyone at any age: 

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Over Age 18

In the U.S., 15 percent of adults over the age of 18, or 37.5 million people, report having trouble hearing.

Adults Aged 65-74

Of adults aged 65-74, 25 percent have a disabling hearing loss.

Over Age 75

50 percent of adults over the age of 75 have a disabling hearing loss.

Babies In USA

3 percent of babies born in the United States have a detectable hearing loss in at least one ear.

Tried Hearing Aids

Only one in five adults that could benefit from hearing aids have tried them

Deaf Children

More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.

The average delay between the time someone is affected by hearing loss and when they finally seek treatment is 7 years.

Untreated hearing loss is associated with lower quality of life, depression, social isolation, unemployment and lower earnings at work, higher medical bills for other health issues, high blood pressure and even a higher risk of dangerous trips and falls.

Better Hearing For Your Life. Why Wait?

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