Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can impact more than just your quality of life. Adults with untreated hearing loss are less likely to participate in organized social activities, leading to feelings of depression.

• Nearly 33% of adults 70 years and older have a hearing loss that impacts daily communication.1
• Less than 25% of adults with significant hearing loss use hearing aids.1
• On average, it takes people 7 years to seek treatment for hearing loss from the time they feel they are affected.
• Hearing loss can make it more difficult to interact with peers and can lead to decreased social engagement, depression, or bad moods.1
• There is a strong relationship between hearing loss and depression among US adults of all ages (18 and older).2
• Untreated hearing loss, social isolation, and depression can all contribute to an overall poorer quality of life.

References
1. Lin, Frank R., and Marilyn Albert. “Hearing Loss and Dementia – Who’s Listening?” Aging & Mental Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4075051/.
2. Li C, Zhang X, Hoffman HJ, Cotch MF, Themann CL, Wilson MR. Hearing Impairment Associated With Depression in US Adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2010. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(4):293–302. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2014.42

It is important to recognize early signs of hearing loss.

If you have you experienced any of the following symptoms you should schedule an appoint meant to determine the degree of hearing loss you are experiencing:

  • Do people say you speak too loudly?
  • Does your family say the TV is too loud?
  • Is is difficult to hear the phone ring?
  • Do you have trouble understanding in noisy environments?

  • Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?

  • Do you feel people are mumbling?

  • Do you avoid situations where hearing is needed?

  • Do you hear ringing sounds in your ears?

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