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Facts You Need to Know About Hearing Loss

Did you know that hearing loss can affect anyone at any age?

  • 2-3 out of every 1,000 children in the U.S. are born with detectable hearing loss in at least one ear

  • Of adults aged 20-69 who would benefit from wearing hearing aids, only 16% have actually tried them

  • Of adults 65-74, 25% have hearing loss. Of adults age 75 and older, 50% have hearing loss

  • It takes an average of 7 years for someone with hearing loss to seek help

Unfortunately, over 48,000,000 Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss; however, 95% of those people can be treated with hearing aids!

Yes, hearing aids are the solution for 95% of those suffering from hearing loss; but, there are a few things you need to know:

Hearing aids are not like wearing glasses – they don’t repair your hearing, they assist what hearing you have left. Getting used to hearing aids is a gradual process that takes time and patience as you learn to hear familiar sounds again, such as birds chirping, road noises, the crumpling of paper and even children’s voices.

Your brain needs to relearn how to filter the wide range of sounds you’ll be able to hear with your hearing aids. Studies show it can take about three weeks for your brain to adjust to new hearing aids, so, keep an open mind and positive attitude and you’ll be on your way to better hearing in no time!

Sources: www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-hearing

 

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