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Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Facts

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Hearing loss is a common experience for adults and children in the modern day and age. With all the new and different forms of technology, that no generation has experienced before, more and more people are coming in with complaints about ringing in the ears or pain in the head. 

Music players, smart phones, laptops and gaming systems, as well as working around constant, loud noise is one of the main causes of hearing loss in the United States. Living a loud and hectic lifestyle can influence your ears from the early years, and children as young as three report hearing impairment. 

All in all, it’s crucial to be able to identify hearing impairment issues, no matter your age. It’s been reported that children experiencing hearing issues can miss about 50% of classroom content at the least, potentially making their school years significantly harder to get through. 

It’s why it’s important to get the facts and figures straight. According to audiologists, a lot of myths and legends exist surrounding ear health and how hearing loss can occur. So, let’s go through a few hearing loss and hearing aid facts. If you’re worried or curious about your own hearing health, you might want to do a bit more research once you’re done here. 

At least 48 million Americans experience hearing loss

To a significant degree as well in most cases. And considering there’s an average waiting time of seven years before treatment is administered, it’s an ongoing issue for the current population. Hearing impairment can occur at any time in a person’s life – it’s important to go through a few more details surrounding that. 

So, hearing loss can be experienced at any age? 

Yes. No matter how old or young you are, there’s a potential for hearing loss in your life. Of course, depending on your age, you’re going to have a different experience with hearing impairment, often at a different level. 

Statistically, one in three people aged 65 and over are living with a hearing impairment. Commonly this is due to general degradation as we age, and tinnitus is most often reported by patients. A ringing in the ears is reported by about 50 million people in the USA, after all. 

At the same time, in America, about three million children are living a hearing-impaired experience. At least one million of these children are under the age of three. It’s one of the main reasons hearing tests are offered to children as young as just a few months; babies are commonly tested for hearing impairments, in order to keep an eye on their hearing and communication development as they grow into the crucial development period. 

Hearing aids are the most accessible form of treatment 

Hearing aids can be designed according to your specific hearing needs, and that makes them one of the most versatile and accessible forms of treatment available to hearing impaired patients. 

If you’re in need of a hearing aid, a wide range of styles and types exist on the market. But if you want specifics, there are three main types of hearing aids on the market at the moment: you can make use of behind the ear hearing aids, as well as in the canal hearing aids or even completely in the canal hearing aids. 

Behind the ear is the most used type of hearing aid and is the one we see the most in media. It’s best for people with mild or moderate hearing impairments and is most notably made up of a tube running down behind the ear. 

Each has their own level of visibility, from most to least visible in the order above. With the help of an audiologist, you’ll be able to find the style that fits your ear and suits your general lifestyle the most. You can work if you like on this together. 

Hearing loss has the possibility of affecting us all. It’s possible that about 15 million people experiencing a loss in their hearing don’t bother to seek help – they might not even be aware that they’re living with a hearing impairment. But if you are aware, you don’t need to live with the worry when there’s a specialized center right here for you. If you’re even just a little bit worried about a potential hearing impairment you may be living with, contact us. You can call Hear for You Hearing & Balance Center at 401-475-6116 or use the website to get in touch instantly.