Who Hearing Loss Affects
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that roughly 40 million adults in the U.S. have some level of hearing loss, ranging from mild cases that occur over time to sudden hearing loss. Hearing loss is more common as we grow older, affecting about 8.5 percent of people between the ages of 55 and 64 years, as many as 25 percent of those between 65 and 74 years of age, and about half of men and women age 75 years and older.
Types of Hearing Loss
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss is often temporary and caused by something interfering with the way sound is transported into the ear. Possible causes include ear infections, earwax or a punctured eardrum. Most cases of conductive hearing loss can be treated with medicine or surgery to correct the situation.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
This is the most common type of hearing loss, accounting for approximately 90% of hearing problems in adults. It’s caused bye damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Most of the time, sensorineural hearing loss cannot be treated medically or with surgery. It is most effectively treated and managed with hearing aids. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by:
- Ototoxic drugs
- Hereditary hearing loss
- Head trauma
- Malformation of the inner ear
- Exposure to loud noise
People who struggle with sensorineural hearing loss have problems hearing sounds at different volumes as well as difficulty differentiating sounds.
Schedule Your Hearing Test With Beltone
Know where your hearing health stands by scheduling a free hearing screening at Beltone. Beltone digital hearing aids can improve your hearing and quality of life, should a hearing loss be found. Give our staff a call at (888) 575-2360 or contact us through our online form to find out more about hearing health or hearing loss.