Dr. Shannon Parker
Adult Hearing Loss
Adult hearing loss causes many to feel isolated. Approximately 15 percent (37.5 million) of American adults aged 20 to 69 have some trouble hearing, and approximately 28.8 million could benefit from the use of hearing aids according to a recent study by the National Institutes of Health NIDCD. As the baby boomer population ages, more Americans are forced to face hearing health challenges. Growing numbers of younger generations are also reporting hearing problems due to exposure to loud music or occupational noise.
Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three have used them. Many people aren’t familiar with the common signs of adult hearing loss symptoms:
Difficulty hearing women and children
Trouble hearing in loud environments
Consistently turning up the television or stereo volume
Problems hearing consonants
Feeling exhausted after talking in group settings
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms please schedule a hearing test with your local Audiologist, the experts in hearing health. Hearing aids are not always the only or recommended solution, which is why it’s important to see an audiologist to further determine the appropriate treatment. Sometimes the cause is temporary or a symptom of another illness or disease. An audiologist will run various tests to determine the cause and most appropriate treatment approach. Please contact Compass Hearing Center for more information or to schedule an appointment for a hearing test.