Recognizing hearing loss
One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations. About 2 percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss.
What is hearing loss?
Hearing loss, also referred to as hearing impairment, occurs when the ability to hear the sounds around you decreases. It is a common problem that anyone can experience.
It may affect one or both ears or arise from an issue within a part of your ear. People experiencing hearing loss may also be able to hear certain sounds or no sounds at all.
There are many factors that can cause hearing loss. However, age and frequent exposure to loud noise are the most common.
To understand hearing loss, it's helpful to know the relationship between the ear and the brain, how information is passed between them and how this sense can be impacted.
How to Recognize hearing Loss
The earlier you are able to recognize hearing loss, the sooner we can help treat the issue. Here are some of the signs to watch for that might indicate that your loved one has a hearing impairment:
Sometimes, those with hearing loss misunderstand what people are saying, causing some ideas, sentences or thoughts not to make sense, which can create confusion
Are they tired or fatigued at the end of the day? This may be caused by the extra effort it takes to hear conversations
They have difficulty following a conversation if two or more people are talking at once
They no longer enjoy eating out at restaurants because they're too noisy
They find it difficult to hear women’s and children’s voices