For the estimated 28 million Americans with hearing loss, life is a series of missed opportunities. Frustrated friends and family members often tire of shouting and will just give up on communicating altogether. This can make the world a very lonely place for the hearing-impaired.
More than 500 million people around the world are experiencing some form of hearing loss right now. Are you one of them?
If you have hearing loss, you are not alone. About one in six people experience some degree of hearing impairment over the course of their lives.
The effects may not be obvious…
Hearing loss affects people in different ways. Left undiagnosed or untreated, it can damage communications and erode relationships. Over time, hearing loss may degenerate from a strictly physical condition to a psychological one, which is just one of the reasons it is so important to seek a solution promptly. For most people with hearing loss, there is help. Properly fitted hearing aids improve communication for at least 90 percent of people with hearing loss.
The cause of hearing loss may not be clear…
Hearing loss is not just the result of attending loud concerts or a factor of the aging process. Illness and infections can also play a part in damaging your hearing. A University of Wisconsin Medical School 2001 study revealed that hearing loss occurred in nearly 80% of those who may have suffered from a heart attack. They further determined that individuals who exercised at least once a week experienced a 32 percent reduction in the risk of suffering from hearing loss compared to those who did not work out.
Other health issues associated with either temporary or permanent hearing loss include the following:
- Sluggish or poor blood flow to the ear
- High blood pressure
- Sickle Cell Disease
Screenings for diabetes and other conditions typically do not include hearing tests. If you have one of these conditions, it’s probably a good idea to ask for a referral to a hearing care professional who can conduct a simple audiology screening test to see if you are suffering from any kind of hearing loss.
Many other factors can lead to hearing loss, including your family history, repeated exposure to loud noises, injuries, and smoking.
But there are options for improvement if you contact a hearing care professional
No matter what affects you are experiencing due to hearing loss or the source of your condition, the next steps are obvious. Call 212-585-3242 or send an email to us, to schedule an appointment to get your hearing tested. You will be surprised how many options are available to help you regain as much of your lost hearing as possible.