Symptoms of Hearing Loss
According to ASHA, the most common symptoms of hearing loss are:
Types of Hearing Loss
Audio Processing Disorders
Auditory processing disorders occur when the brain has difficulty processing the electrical signals it has received into recognizable sounds.
Conductive hearing loss happens when there is a physical issue such as blockage in the ear canal or damage to the ear drum.
By far the most common type. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the operations in the cochlea or the auditory nerve. Most often the damage is to the delicate hair cells through normal aging, excess exposure to noise, or certain medications.
Mixed hearing loss occurs when someone experiences more than one of these types of hearing loss at once.
Hearing Loss Prevalence
Hearing loss is an extremely common health condition across our country as well as throughout our world. It affects 48 million Americans, including about 15% of children aged 6-19 (http://chchearing.org/facts-about-hearing-loss/). One in three people over the age of 65 have hearing loss, and that number jumps to one in two for those over the age of 75 (http://chchearing.org/facts-about-hearing-loss/). Hearing impairment is also the number one most commonly reported workplace injury in the United States.
Hearing Loss and Veterans
Amongst military personnel, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and hearing loss are the number one and number two health conditions most commonly reported by veterans (https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/veterans/). In 2016, there were 1.6 million cases of compensation for veterans with tinnitus, and 1.1 million for hearing loss. Currently, the US Department of Veterans Affairs purchases one in five hearing aids sold in the United States (https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/veterans/).
On top of hearing losses and tinnitus, it is also common for veterans to experience auditory processing difficulties that make understanding speech difficult. This type of processing disorder is most often caused by blast exposure (https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/veterans/).
At Carolina Speech and Hearing, we care deeply about all of the brave men and women who have risked their lives to defend our country. This is why we offer special speech and hearing services for our honored veterans.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Although hearing loss is so very common in our world, few seem to recognize or understand it, and even fewer seek treatment for it. It is estimated that about 70% of people who could benefit from using a hearing aid do not use hearing devices (https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-hearing). It is imperative to care for your hearing health, as untreated hearing loss has been linked to a myriad of other issues such as difficulty with relationships, depression, social isolation, and even dementia.
There are many treatment options available to help you, depending on the type and degree of hearing loss you experience. At Carolina Speech and Hearing, we work closely with you to help find the best treatment option to fit your needs.