It CAN Happen to You.
Here's what YOU need to know.
- Hearing loss is the decrease of hearing or inability to hear (deafness).
- 33% of Adults between 65-74 have hearing loss; 75% of Adults 75+ have hearing loss.
- Annual Hearing Exams are recommended.
- Latest research suggests untreated hearing loss can cause early onset of Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease; healthy bran function.
- Untreated hearing loss can cause joblessness or loss of income.
- Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults: Noise/Loudness (especially extended/over time), Medications, Ear infections, Genetics, other disabilities, disease
- Over 200 Medications prescribed by a physician can cause hearing loss.
- 1 of 7 top side effects of cancer treatments is hearing loss.
- Lack of safety is an issue of untreated hearing loss (driving, operating machinery at work, inability to hear safety noises such as alarms, sirens, etc.)
VIDEO: HOW WE HEAR
(Thank you, NIH for this great video tutorial.)
MEDICAL SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS:
(From Mayo Clinic)
- Muffling of speech and other sounds
- Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd of people
- Trouble hearing consonants
- Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
- Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
- Withdrawal from conversations
- Avoidance of some social settings