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Hearing Facts

Common signs and symptoms of hearing loss:

  • Frequently have to ask for repetition
  • Feel they can hear sound, but can't understand speech
  • Feel that people mumble
  • Have trouble hearing in background noise
  • Frequently need to turn the radio or TV volume up
  • Have trouble hearing when they can't see the speaker's face
  • Become anxious or tired in social situations because they can't understand what is being said

Implications of UNTREATED hearing loss on quality of life:

  • Psychosocial
    • emotional difficulties (anxiety, anger, depression, loss of self)
    • self-image (embarrassment)
    • stress (fatigue, disorganized thinking)
  • Social
    • isolation
    • reduction in connectedness to environment
    • reduction in awareness of warning signals
  • Educational
    • linguistic confusions
    • learning difficulties
  • Vocational
    • underemployment
    • professional peer misunderstandings

Impact of TREATED hearing loss on my quality of life:

  • Use of hearing aids shown to improve...
    • earning power
    • communication in relationships
    • emotional stability
    • sense of control over life events
    • perception of mental functioning
    • physical health
    • group social participation

Hearing Statistics

  • Approximately 38 million Americans have a significant hearing loss
  • 30-40% of people over the age of 65 have some type of hearing loss
  • 14% of those aged 45-64 have some type of hearing loss
  • Hearing aids can offer dramatic improvement for most people with hearing loss
  • 15 million people with hearing loss in the United States avoid seeking help
  • Hearing loss is a major public health issue that ranks third in line, after arthritis and heart disease, as one of the most common physical conditions

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Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20017 2180